Crucial Traits of Effective Leadership

“Leadership is an ongoing process of learning how to inspire your team and cultivate desired results.”- LaMar Hasbrouck.

When it comes to leadership, people like LaMar Hasbrouck serve as role models. According to LaMar Hasbrouck, there are three guiding principles for leadership. First, everyone is a leader in some way, whether in a business, family, sports team, civic organization, or place of worship. He believes that far too many people miss out on opportunities to impact others by failing to recognize their unique leadership roles. His second core conviction is that everyone should keep developing their leadership skills. Although setting aside regular time for leadership development and learning might be challenging, this discipline is essential for long-term success and achievement. And lastly, he thinks that each of us can improve as leaders since leadership qualities can be developed.

LaMar Hasbrouck is a revered physician, a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist, and a health enterprise. You might know him from being the former Executive Director for the National Association of County and City Health Officials. His career began in 1998 at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a select member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. In 2007, he was the Chief of the Party for CDC in Guyana, South America. 

Moreover, he was also a diplomatic member of the US embassy in Guyana, South America, where he led the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program and oversaw the completion of the National Public Health Reference Laboratory. This way, he was able to help coordinate the humanitarian and civic assistance mission by the USS Kearsarge. Plus, from 2012 to 2015, he led the State of Illinois’ department of public health and remained a member of the Governor’s Health Innovation and Transformation (GOHIT) – a team responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act and other reforms throughout the state. 

In a moment of need, Hasbrouck rose to the challenge and provided advice on concerns relating to returning safely to work during the pandemic to many Fortune 500 companies. He wrote COVID Bytes: Naked Musings of a Disease Detective (2022), which encoded the health dangers and the public health responses to address them, after realizing the need to better inform the public.

As a professional medical leader who has spent three decades in the industry, he has also shared several traits that we think are essential for leaders in our time to implement in the health sector. Hasbrouck believes that great leaders are deliberate, thoughtful, and willing to step outside their comfort zones – whether testing a new process, idea, or unique approach. They also inspire people to investigate novel ideas and concepts that can be put into practice, pushing people outside their comfort zones while passing on their knowledge and increasing awareness of critical global issues.

Power, status, or titles do not define leadership. Everyone has the capacity and potential to inspire others to achieve great things. The most successful companies have strong leadership. Effective leadership improves people’s lives and distinguishes an organization in a cutthroat market. Additionally, it concerns everyone. The good news is that we can improve as leaders no matter where we start. Although excellent and motivating leadership may be learned, it also requires labor and effort.

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