Health Care

Hospital CEO Writes Book about Leadership

AKRON, Ohio – William H. Considine, CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, has written a book, Leadership, in which he shares his insights on how to become a trusted and inspiring leader.

The book, Leadership: Lessons from Miracle Children, draws on Considine’s experiences over the past 38 years at Akron Children’s Hospital and uses the letters in the book’s title to illustrate the key attributes he believes are necessary to effectively motivate others and earn the mantle of leadership.

“Obviously, not everyone leads an enterprise with the ongoing drama inherent in a children’s hospital,” Considine said. “But I’ve discovered that an invisible force unites all good organizations. A large part of your job as a leader is to identify that force, or spirit, to nourish it and communicate it to every member of your organization.”

In the book, Considine discusses how carefully listening to and acting upon feedback from colleagues and patient families has helped guide his career, and he offers tips to help others define and develop their own organizational values and personal leadership style.

As one of the longest-serving hospital CEOs in the United States, Considine has overseen Akron Children’s growth to become the largest pediatric health-care provider in northern Ohio, with more than one million annual patient visits at two hospital campuses and over 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations. That includes Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley’s Beeghly Campus in Boardman.

Leadership can be purchased at the Akron Children’s Hospital gift shop for $15 or online at Amazon. Proceeds from the book’s sales will benefit the Rebecca. D. Considine Research Institute at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.