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Health & Medicine

My Toughest Challenge: Erol Akdamar, President of Medical City Healthcare

Akdamar had to come to a realization: The buck stops with him.

“My first CEO job was a unique challenge. I think I underappreciated the responsibility and role of being the final decision-maker and the most senior leader in moving an organization forward. Decisions and problems that make their way to you are by nature more difficult, because the more straightforward decisions are being made by others. I learned that you still rely on a team approach to synthesize key information and team thinking, which inform better decisions by the senior leader. In a phrase: collaborative leadership with personal accountability.”

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