Treating leadership injuries with RICE

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Although many influential and admired leaders of our time have offered wisdom on leadership, it isn't always easy to put their words into practice. Nelson Mandela said, “Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.”1 Theodore Roosevelt stated, “The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”2 And Colin Powell reminded us to, “Share the credit.”3
There have been countless books written to inspire, motivate, and teach individuals in leadership roles, as well as aspiring leaders, how to become better, more effective leaders. Although these concepts and ideas have made their way into the healthcare arena, many healthcare leaders experience ongoing challenges, given the complex nature of their work environments.4,5
This article offers the RICE mnemonic to help recall evidence-based strategies for difficult leadership moments, or leadership injuries.
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