National Physician Leadership Month was created by Just The Right Balance to be observed during the month of June each year. The aim of National Physician Leadership Month is to celebrate and highlight the vital role and the positive impact that physician leaders make on the healthcare industry.  In addition to their extensive medical training and experience in patient care, physician leaders are also deeply involved in healthcare policy and regulation to ensure that healthcare organizations provide high-quality patient-centered care. Physician leaders are needed in this ever changing complex healthcare industry when critical decisions need to be made that impact patient care. 

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What defines leadership?

Leadership is the ability of an individual to influence and guide the members of an organization.


What are the five competencies that make a good leader?

According to an article written by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health titled From Physician to Physician Leader: Developing Your Skills for Success there are five competencies that physician leaders need. They are:

  1. Emotional intelligence: The awareness of and ability to manage both your own emotions and the emotions of others.
  2. Self-awareness: A leader who understands their own strengths and weaknesses can help avoid blind spots and ask for help.
  3. Conflict management: Leaders must be aware of the tools and resources they can use to help resolve conflicts with others in their organization.
  4. Decision-making skills: Physician leaders who can evaluate the obstacles they face are better able to assess and develop options to solve the problem.
  5. Influence: Leaders need to use influence at time in order to get others to move in a different direction and carry out change. This entails understanding how to deal with people who have different ideas, opinions and interests.

What is the importance of celebrating physician leadership? 

Physician leadership is important to highlight because they inspire future leaders, improve healthcare outcomes, encourage collaboration across team and departments, and they help to elevate the role of physicians by showing up as leaders to others in the healthcare industry. Overall, physician leaders can help create a better healthcare system for everyone.


  1. Public Recognition: Healthcare organizations can publicly recognize their physician leaders through press releases, newsletters, or other internal and external communications. This can help raise awareness of their contributions and achievements.
  2. Awards and Certificates: Healthcare organizations can create awards and certificates to honor their physician leaders. These can be based on specific achievements or contributions, such as outstanding patient care, research, or community service.
  3. Continuing Education: Healthcare organizations can provide physician leaders with opportunities for continuing education and professional development. This can help them stay up to date with the latest medical advances and technologies, and enhance their skills and knowledge.
  4. Career Advancement: Healthcare organizations can support physician leaders in advancing their careers. This can include providing mentorship, coaching, and networking opportunities.
  5. Leadership Development Programs: Healthcare organizations can create leadership development programs specifically for physician leaders. These programs can help develop their leadership skills and prepare them for higher-level leadership positions.


First, download the graphic and Facebook frame to share on social media. Also, share your leadership story or a leadership win using the hashtag #nationalphysicianleadershipmonth when posting on social media.

Example Script:

Happy National Physician Leadership Month!
I am a physician
I am a healer and a leader
4 years of medical school
x years of residency
x years of fellowship
My leadership legacy (or story) is......
Next, think about elevating your voice using these suggestions:
  1. Mentorship Programs: Become a mentor or engage in mentorship programs that pair experienced physician leaders with emerging leaders. This allows for the transfer of knowledge and skills and fosters a supportive leadership community.
  2. Publish Articles or Blog Posts: Write and share articles or blog posts about your experiences and insights as a physician leader. Topics could range from overcoming challenges to highlighting successful projects and initiatives.
  3. Community Outreach: Lead community outreach initiatives that demonstrate leadership in public health and community well-being. This could include health fairs, vaccination drives, or educational sessions on important health issues.
  4. Recognize Peers: Nominate and recognize fellow physician leaders for their contributions and achievements. This could be done through formal awards or simply through acknowledgment in meetings, newsletters, or social media.
  5. Professional Development: Take part in professional development opportunities such as attending conferences, enrolling in leadership courses, or joining leadership committees within professional organizations. This commitment to ongoing learning and improvement exemplifies leadership in action.

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Dr. Lisa Herbert is the Founder and CEO of Just The Right Balance LLC, where she helps physicians make the leap from clinical medicine to a purpose-driven career in a leadership role. Using her signature solution, PEAC MD, she helps physicians eliminate confusion and provides them with a step-by-step approach to transition from patient care into their first, next, and best leadership position and still have a meaningful career in the healthcare industry.