I've often written about (and will most likely continue to write about) the importance for leaders to be collaborative, seek counsel from many disparate individuals, and to recognize there are varying opinions and views to consider when making decisions. Essentially...to be open to debate. This, coupled with other leadership characteristics (e.g., being decisive), will make one an incredibly effective and impactful leader. I've come across some readings recently that help to reinforce this.
The first comes from the November issue of HealthLeaders, where they talk about creating a new model of leadership for today's hospital environments. They write that "the drill sergeant as hospital CEO is out of style." They further write that the role of CEO at today's hospital has changed to be one that "is operating in collaboration with various constituent groups." Recognition is given to the fact that CEO and healthcare leaders are held accountable for more than just bottom-line performance. They must ensure safe environments, satisfaction across multiple constituencies, and strong clinical performance. The best way to achieve these additional and critical outcomes is to be very collaborative with the groups that have the most ability to impact the end results.