Path to Success in Academic Emergency Medicine – Dr. Probst

Below is the summary from Dr. Probst’s recent leadership talk  (in his own words).  Click here to find his slides from the talk.

“Leadership” is a broad, somewhat abstract term that has been defined many different ways. When you really boil it down, leadership is composed of THREE key actions. They are…

1) Envision

2) Energize

3) Execute

1) Envision is the act of creating a coherent and desirable vision for the future of an organization. It is composed of two elements: a) Courage and b) Creativity.

2) Energize is the act of getting your team members to work hard towards achieving the goals of the organization. It is composed of two elements: a) Inspiration and b) Intimidation.

3) Execute is the act of accomplishing a plan in order to obtain desired results. It is composed of two elements: a) Division of task and b) Integration of task.

In order to obtain a leadership position, you must first accumulate power.  There are FOUR key types of power.  You should work to build and maintain these. They are…

1) Expert power: What you know.

2) Position power: Where you are.

3) Network power: Who you know.

4) Referent power: Who looks up to you.

In the lecture, we used the example of Reuben Strayer as someone with Expert power, Andy Jagoda as someone with Position power, Lynne Richardson as someone with Network power, and Taylor Swift as someone with Referent power. To be truly powerful, you need to have all four types of power.

*Note: All the above material was taken from a 2-day course I took at NYU Stern School of Business called Great Leadership: Developing Practical Leadership Skills given by Professor Kabi.  I highly recommend it!

John Wooden & Success

In Dr. Probst’s talk on Wednesday, he asked the group to toss out some names of great leaders, past or present.  Tim Snow offered up John Wooden.  Great Call.

For those that may not be familiar, John Wooden is arguably the greatest college basketball coach of all time, winning 10 national championships at UCLA.  Loved by his players and universally respected for his wisdom and approach to teaching and leadership, his successes transcended sports for decades.  Despite passing away 7 years ago, his legacy and methods live on.

I encourage you to watch at least the first 14 minutes of the video below.  His lessons are applicable to life, not just in the ED, but in all we do…

“I coined my own definition of success, which is: Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.” – Wooden

For more videos, go to:

Click here for his book, on Amazon



This website/blog will serve as the home base for the MS EM leadership curriculum over the next year.  Feel free to comment and discuss anywhere.  With the help of the faculty mentors, we will update frequently with worthwhile readings, videos, posts, etc. Prepare to grow!

– Kaush, Arlene, & Adam
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy