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Stop Caring about Getting Credit

Stop Caring about Getting Credit
By Mustafa Sultan • Issue #30 • View online
Hello friends,
This week, I spoke to former National Medical Director: Sir Bruce Keogh. Here’s what he told me makes a good leader—

Sir Bruce Keogh 🌍
Sir Bruce grew up in Rhodesia (modern day Zimbabwe). He remembers sheltering under a tree and hearing about the NHS on an old transistor radio. Free healthcare for everyone? He was impressed.
He remembers seeing a black man hit by a car, 200 feet from a whites-only hospital. Battling with death, an ambulance drove him miles away to the black hospital.
That’s when he knew he had to leave. He remembers his dad saying: “There’s nothing here for you son. Get out”.
He moved to the UK with a backpack and “about 200 quid”. He was rejected from 19 medical schools before a chance encounter in a pub led to a place 🍺
He went on to transform heart failure surgery and was National Medical Director for 11 years. Here’s his Wikipedia page.
5 Principles for Leadership 💎
Rule #1: Responsibility
When Sir Bruce was a trainee surgeon, he asked his consultant:
“I clerk the patients. I operate. I manage them. I do everything. What will change when I become a consultant?”.
“The only thing that will change? You’ll have to start taking responsibility for other peoples’ mistakes”.
Rule #2: Credit
People squabble over credit in every field. In academia, management… etc.
Actually, you shouldn’t care about credit as a leader:
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. 
Harry Truman
Rule #3: The Media
Many times, Sir Bruce was lambasted in the media. It was tempting to fight back. But—
You lose your arguments in public and win them in private.
Rule #4: Never Speak ill of your Colleagues
(Not sure about the story behind this one).
Rule #5: Vociferous Leaders
Outspoken/noisy leaders get headlines. Actually, some of the best leaders work quietly in the background. Don’t be distracted by the media’s propensity for the Donald Trumps of the world.
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Full episode out in a few weeks…
Podcast
#031 The NHS Clinical Entrepreneur — Prof Tony Young OBE
All the best,
Musty
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