August 22, 2017

Coaching vs. Training

Clinician Leadership | Leadership Development | Team Development

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Leadership Coaching is often confused with leadership training.  However, there is a distinct difference between training in leadership skills and coaching an executive or physician to become an effective leader.
Of course, a leader needs concrete skills such as:

  • Understanding models
  • Best practices
  • Processes
  • Procedures
  • Governmental regulations
  • Running a business
  • Specific dos and don’ts of being a leader

This knowledge is important to leadership. It can be accomplished with effective training.
Coaching, however, meets the leader where he or she is in the context of their work. Coaching helps increase self-awareness of personal strengths and challenges with customized goals to become more effective.  A coach has a dedicated interest in the leader and the organization’s success and helps to uncover what is most important for the leader to achieve that success.
We at MEDI believe that effective leadership development requires coaching. Our executive coaches and physician coaches help unlock leadership skills and enable leadership development through an ongoing professional collaboration and guidance. We coach leaders to be effective within the complexity of their own organization and the world of healthcare.

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Deena Fischer, MA, ACC

A certified executive coach, Deena Fischer, MA, ACC leads business development and operations for MEDI Leadership.

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