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What Traits do the Best Health Care Managers Have?

Health care is a 2.9 trillion dollar industry that requires a vast team of experts, leaders and support staff to keep it running.1 Medical and Health Services Managers work in hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities to ensure the quality and efficiency of the entire health care system. They are valued team leaders and can expect much faster than average job growth through 2022.2

But what makes a truly effective health care manager?

Here are 6 traits that the best of them share:

Passionate: If you’re going to be a great health care manager, you’ve got to be passionate about what you do. You need to care about your office, department or facility and let everyone know it. You especially need to care about your patients. Others will believe in you and what you do when you’re all-in. If you’re passionate, your staff will be more likely to go that extra mile to do the best job they can for you and the patients.

Efficient: Do you have great time management skills and an ability to see the shortest route to success? If you already run your own life with care and efficiency, you can transfer those skills to health care management. You need to know how to get things done in the most stream-lined and efficient manner, while still providing excellent patient care.

Attentive: Mistakes in health care can cost time, money and even lives. Your excellent attention to detail will ensure that tasks and resources are well-managed and that nothing important gets neglected or missed.

Ability to delegate: Have you ever been the captain of a team or the lead on a group project? Then you know that it’s important that everyone in the group knows exactly what their responsibilities are. If you’re going to be a great manager, you need to be able to identify who needs to perform what tasks and offer them your support and encouragement.

Excellent Interpersonal Skills: Are you a people-person? Being a good communicator with excellent people skills is a winning combination if you want to be an effective health care manager. You need to manage your own team and work well with other departments, facilities and organizations. You also need to listen to patients so you can meet their needs.

Life-long Learner: Health care rules and regulations are always changing. You need to keep up! Whether you’re looking for ways to improve patient care through technology or find more efficient billing and reimbursement procedures, you have to be willing to read, study, learn and teach. A passion for knowledge doesn’t just make you a better health care leader; it can make you a better a person.

Are you ready to build upon your natural skills and talents? Let Charter College help! We have several health care programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration Degree that can provide you with the training you need to become a health care supervisor or manager. Check out all our programs; one might be perfect for you!

1http://fortune.com/2015/01/21/americas-new-healthcare-economy-3-trends-to-watch/

2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm