In January, we published “Diversity in Recent Leadership Positions,” which highlighted the recent accomplishments and honors of Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, FACEP, CPE, Marcus L. Martin, MD, FACEP, and Lynne D. Richardson, MD, FACEP. Dr. Haley, Dr. Martin, and Dr. Richardson have landed roles that reach way beyond emergency medicine alone. Announcements are one thing, but how great leaders achieve success is quite another. The road to leadership is shaped by many experiences and many people, both positive and not so positive. In an interview with ACEP Now’s Medical Editor in Chief Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, these three emergency medicine icons talk about their career paths, influences, and experiences. Here is Part 2 of that conversation; Part 1 appeared in the November issue.
KK: It seems like being first sometimes has additional challenges because you are breaking down barriers while also trying to do your job. Would that be a fair statement?
MM: I agree 100 percent. It’s isolation; often we’re singled out, easily seen, placed under the microscope. Higher expectations are demanded of us. But we don’t have time to cry or to fold or to appear weak. We have to rely on our inner strengths. In my case, I’ve always relied on having conversations with my wife when I go home, and I try to make sure that I’ve built consensus with as many of the faculty, students, and staff.