Focus of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute
The Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute is designed to develop trusted leaders.
The Institute is designed for mid-career, experienced health system leaders who possess the potential to make significant positive impacts on their organizations culture, strategy, and outcomes. Participants learn in an immersive and interactive environment from one another and from highly experienced and nationally recognized thought leaders.
"We focus on timeless principles to develop trusted leaders at the intersection of clinical and operational excellence."
- Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS
President and CEO Emeritus, Intermountain Healthcare
Founding Director, Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute
Why This Program
Many not-for-profit and academic health systems provide excellent leadership training for their key executives focusing on strategy, innovation, finances, corporate restructuring, improving revenue cycle and supply chain operations, mergers and acquisitions, clinician burn-out, social determinants of health, and so on. Leadership competencies in these areas are important, which begs the question: Why should we attend the Developing Trusted Leaders program?
The short answer is we focus on the critical competency of leadership itself. That is, how to become a more effective and trusted leader who will create positive, significant, and lasting change in your organization and in healthcare generally.
Furthermore, we do so in a manner that cannot be duplicated in an in-house course. The Developing Trusted Leaders program is designed as a capstone leadership development experience to augment a healthcare institutions’ own leadership development programs.
What Makes Our Program Unique
Participants interact with thought leaders and master teachers from Harvard University, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Stanford University, University of Maryland, and other respected institutions who bring diverse and inspiring perspectives to class instruction, discussions, and small group exercises. Some of our faculty are published authors, many are well-known internationally, several have won numerous national awards, others have led highly complex organizations, all are recognized experts in their specialties, and each one is committed to the values that drive this Institute.
See the faculty page for additional information.
Who Should Attend?
The program is designed for mid-career, experienced health system leaders who possess the potential to make significant positive impacts on their organization’s culture, strategy, and outcomes. The Institute strives to balance the number of clinical and administrative leaders to facilitate effective learning.
A Highly Immersive, Interactive, Learning Environment
We place a heavy emphasis on interactive instruction, case-study discussion, small-group learning and problem solving, shared learning, individual assignments, and reflection, supplemented by coaching opportunities. The program creates an environment of collaborative learning, simulation, reflection, and imagination and includes wellbeing practices to support holistic and sustainable leadership.
We focus on timeless leadership principles to develop trusted leaders at the complex intersection of clinical and operational excellence.
Organizational gurus, academic leaders, respected business authors, human relations experts, and other knowledgeable leaders teach the importance of developing leaders who not only possess necessary competencies, but the moral force, courage, character, and emotional intelligence to inspire and connect in authentic ways that create trust. It is that combination of character and competence that captures both minds and hearts and that is at the core of great leadership.
The good news is those value-based leadership skills can be taught, enhanced, and more fully developed.
See a more detailed description of the course curriculum.
During the in-person weeks participants take part in simulation activities in our advanced, specially designed Leadership Simulation Center.
The Simulation Center includes mock boardrooms, offices, and elevator in which to practice healthcare leadership scenarios. These realistic scenarios provide participants the opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge, practice important competencies, observe the performance of colleagues, and benefit from powerful and constructive debriefings led by skilled simulation faculty.
The following results represent evaluations from all previous cohorts collectively and are based on a 5-point scale with 1 being the lowest possible score and 5 being the highest possible score.
I would recommend the program to others in my organization. – 4.96
I found the program to be applicable to my work or performance. – 4.93
Attending this program was worth the time and effort required. – 4.96
I felt the faculty had a genuine interest in my leadership development. – 4.96
I was able to develop valuable learning relationships with my peers in the program. – 5.0
The program was appropriately challenging. – 4.78
The Leadership Institute is committed to our participant's' safety. It is expected that all participants will be current on COVID vaccinations, will follow CDC guidelines, as well as local policies. We will monitor emerging epidemiological trends and adjust as needed to ensure the safety of our participants, faculty, and staff.