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Do Mormons Make Better Managers?

Monday, June 13th, 2011
An article today in Bloomberg Businessweek carried this provocative headline and the following: “Many highly successful leaders—such as presidential candidate Mitt Romney, JetBlue founder David Neeleman, Credit Suisse CEO Eric Varvel, and former Harvard B-School dean Kim Clark—are Mormons. The key, experts say, is the church’s highly involved managerial structure and the two-year overseas missions on which young Mormons learn self-reliance, organizational skills, and a global perspective. ‘The mission is like a crucible experience [and] a lot of people come out with the capacity to lead,’ Clark says.”

This headline certainly got my attention, perhaps because I think religious faith is important. But as I read the brief write-up, it seemed to confirm an observation I have had for some time from the world of pharmacy: Residency-trained pharmacists are better leaders. I wonder if a pharmacy residency could be like a “crucible experience.” Is this one more reason why we should suggest that graduating pharmacy students should do a residency if they can? I think so, what do you think?
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
Blog Description
This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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