Dr. Jill RachBeisel
Chair of Department of Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine
What about your leadership style has helped grow your career and how have you had to change your leadership role/style during the past year?
I have grown as a leader, in part, keeping in mind the following two statements: You are only has good as the people around you, those who work for you and you can get there faster alone but much further together. I have taken extra care to recognize the strengths of my work force and support them to grow and develop themselves. By growing together, we learn from each other and go much farther. Life is so much more satisfying and rewarding when working as a team. As you “pull” others up, I have found that I get pushed up as well.
The past year has made us all face change in ways we did not know were possible. What are the tools you use to embrace change and to help your team navigate that change with you? What are you doing to lead important change in your organization and/or Maryland?
It is human nature to resist change, to want to stay in the ‘familiar’ and avoid the uncomfortable. Change is often seen as a negative force and fears can build. My approach over the past year has been to ask my teams: “What can we learn from this pandemic?” (or situation of any kind). What are the opportunities that evolve when things change? What do we learn about ourselves when change is knocking at our door? By asking people to dig deep and understand their own reactions, resistance can be overcome and progress can result. New discoveries are uncovered.