Enhancing Your Leadership with Evidence-Based Practices

by Mike Freel, PhD on Feb 20, 2019

Healthcare Leadership TeamFor many years, Cassling has provided advanced continuing education opportunities for healthcare professionals. It’s easy to see why. Cassling knows the value of a skilled and educated workforce, especially in the field of healthcare. When I first walked into the Cassling offices in Omaha, the first thing I noticed was that their culture was palpable. It was everywhere from the core values on the wall in the front entry to the multimedia screen highlighting Cassling’s emphasis on employee development.

The Cassling Leadership Institute is just another example of how Cassling continues to invest in the development of its staff and customers and the focus they have on continuing education. Bellevue University has been privileged to work with Cassling since 2014 and we are continuing our partnership through the Cassling Leadership Institute webinars.

The February 27th webinar, Enhancing Your Leadership with Evidence-Based Practices, provides participants with pragmatic knowledge and applied skills you can use immediately in your own organizations. This webinar will focus on some specific leadership styles and how they can be applied in certain situations.


I often hear from leaders in many different types of organizations that they run into problems when they try to lead everyone consistently. Being consistent isn’t what you need to be as a leader.  Leadership is affected by so many factors that it makes being consistent almost impossible. 

That might seem contrary to what many of us have learned throughout our leadership journeys. I want participants to know they need to be respectful, constructive and positive, but being consistent might not be the way you want to lead. In other words, leadership is messy!

Mike FreelYou may have read any number of books on leadership. All of them have value, but I think they also try to complicate leadership. Leadership is based on human behavior. Did I mention that leadership is messy? I think leaders today get thrown into leadership roles. In other words, I have found that many of us move into leadership positions because we were good at doing something else. We were a good rad tech. We were a good analyst. We were a good clinician. A position became available and we got promoted into a leadership role.

That’s when many of us begin to fail as a leader. We were great at doing something else but now our roles have changed. So what’s different? Where we were once focused on getting a specific job or task done, now we’re leading PEOPLE! And that’s where we start to mess up!

The Cassling Leadership Institute webinars are based on the latest evidence and best practices of leading in healthcare organizations. We know leadership is messy. We’re trying to make it less messy. Nothing about leadership is easy. What participants will learn in this first webinar is how different leadership styles work for different leaders in different situations.

What we think we know about leadership makes us the type of leaders we are. Learning more about leadership only works to improve our skills and how we lead others. For all of us, it’s important that we understand how our leadership affects organizational outcomes and employee performance. That’s what the Cassling Leadership Institute will do. It will provide you with a better understanding of how you affect the success of your organization, your staff, your peers and, of course, your patients.


Meet the Author

Mike Freel, Ph.D., has served as a seminar speaker for Cassling’s Investing in You educational program. Mike Freel, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director for Bellevue University's Master of Health Administration. Dr. Freel has a professional background in healthcare, as well as experience in corporate organization and employee development. He has served in several healthcare roles in the clinical and academic fields. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Education Advisory Board for the Nebraska Hospital Association. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he researched emotional intelligence in clinical nurses. He has authored several publications on EI and leadership and presented on various healthcare and leadership topics for local and national conferences.

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