Offered by the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Leadership in Healthcare Organizations: A Vital Specialty, Diagnosis and Treatment

Tim Havens, MD and Sara Bolton, MD

August 1 – 5, 2022 • Monday – Friday
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This seminar is designed for mental health professionals, physicians, medical directors and other health professionals and all executives who wish to have an understanding of the leadership principles which impact the success of organizations (both large and small) and those who lead. The seminar includes a unique application of both the psychological principles of human behavior (the view from the “inside out”) and the fundamental facets of organization structure and accountability (the view from the “outside in”). These principles have been used successfully in seminars, organizational consultations, and executive coaching to major corporations, government, family businesses, health care, as well as large and small 501C3’s. The concepts from this seminar have proven relevant to health care leaders who have had a variety of experience and seniority. Therefore, this seminar is useful for the following: those with significant experience and seniority in managing complex organizations; those who are new to or have limited experience in leadership roles and could benefit from an understanding of organizational function, including individuals who have been elected by their peers to a leadership position; past participants of Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education courses “On Leadership for Physician Executives” and/or Accountable Leadership for Healthcare Teams; those who provide advice and support to healthcare leaders, including serving on boards.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods for enhancing organizational effectiveness;
  • Discuss strategies and practices to be a more effective leader;
  • Implement a systematic framework for understanding individual dynamics in organizational systems;
  • Analyze, clarify, and solve problems pertaining to organizations and roles of their workers;
  • Evaluate the fundamental principles which contribute to a bonding between an individual and the organization;
  • Explain the essential ingredients of a successful leader making significant changes in the organization;
  • Develop ways in which the leader holds accountable subordinates in the workplace
  • Differentiate between corporate and non-corporate issues within an organization;
  • Develop an effective way of assigning managerial duties;
  • Analyze strategies that enhance leadership success in a changing healthcare environment.


Tim Havens, MD is a Lecturer on Psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School and has served as Senior Vice President of the Levinson Institute, Course Director of the Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ( HMS BIDMC ) CME program “Leadership for Physician Executives”, guest lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, as well as other universities both domestic and international. He has written about effective organizational leadership and lectures extensively on leadership development, managing organizational change, executive coaching, and building effective management teams.

Sara Bolton, MD is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School and an associate consulting psychiatrist, part-time, at McLean Hospital.  Past senior consultant at Levinson Institute and has taught, and coached managers and leaders from FORTUNE 500 companies as well as organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, manufacturing, utility, healthcare, and government sectors.