The Feminist Perspective of Implicit Bias in Succession Planning in Healthcare
Succession planning for healthcare executive positions may be a built environment feature that prevents women from achieving leadership positions. Disruptive leadership, of not following the status quo, may be more beneficial to healthcare organizations. Not following a succession mentality may offer women greater opportunities for top positions. Current healthcare succession planning focuses on clinical roles for maintaining staffing levels. Organizations such as The Joint Commission (TJC), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Magnet Certification endorse succession planning with a focus on continuity of an organization. While more women work in healthcare than men, there is gender inequality with more men in leadership roles. The current systems in place tacitly endorse males rising to leadership roles supported by succession planning beliefs.
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