Common Mistakes in Leadership

  • David W. McFaddenEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


Mistakes are valuable because one can only learn from them, and if shared, others may learn from them too. In Joseph Simone’s words: “What makes great leaders is not a secret – they not only have grace under pressure, which means both courage and character, they remain focused on the important aspects of an issue in the midst of chaos, and they repeatedly articulate a consistent, simple public vision.” This chapter describes ten mistakes that a surgical leader, or perhaps any leader, may make, and advice on how to avoid making them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Connecticut, UConn HealthFarmingtonUSA

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