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Growth Edge Leadership Podcast


Jan 6, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Lahr is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics, and her career path led her to the intersection of medicine and technology. Today she’s the CIO of Regional Health in South Dakota. Her career path wasn’t strategic but was impacted by a hurricane, an interview, personal goals, and a genuine interest in seeing healthcare advance technologically. It’s a story you don’t want to miss.

In today’s episode, Dr. Lahr shares how some honest feedback helped her reevaluate how her passion for her work was having a detrimental impact on her communication style and team-building efforts. That painful-but-needed feedback has had a lasting impact on her own leadership style. 

She also highlights a challenge in healthcare that is not often discussed. Physicians are trained to be problem solvers and to be responsible for outcomes. They’re not trained to empower others, to delegate, to lead a team. Sometimes their acquired skills are actually in opposition to what’s needed to be a good leader.   

In today’s episode you’ll learn:

  • About Dr. Lahr’s background and current position
  • How Hurricane Ike impacted her career path
  • How honest feedback helped shape Dr. Lahr into the leader she is today
  • Why the skills that make for a great physician are sometimes oppositional to being a great leader
  • How Dr. Lahr prefers to balance life and work
  • About her leadership style

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