To identify and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of physician
executives within healthcare administration
The Leadership Practices Inventory and a brief questionnaire were
distributed to five physicians and five administrators employed or affiliated with the Fort
Sanders Health System via mail by a neutral third party. Four participants in each
category participated, each distributing in turn at least four copies of the LPI-Observer
Administrators rated themselves higher than physicians in four of the
five leadership practices categories: Challenging, Inspiring, Enabling and Modeling.
Physicians rated themselves higher than administrators for Encouraging. LPI-Observer
scores were higher for administrators than physicians in the four practices of
Challenging, Inspiring, Modeling and Encouraging.
The author concludes: "Based on survey results, administrators seem to feel more
comfortable with their leadership skills. They know what skills are important in the
current healthcare environment and feel that they possess the majority of those skills.
Physicians, on the other hand, do not seem as confident in their leadership abilities.
Although 'observers' scored both groups well, administrators seem to adapt more easily
to their roles as leaders" (p. 58).