Prof. Dr. Fadil Çitaku

Prof. Dr. Fadil Çitaku is a professor of Leadership and Emotional Intelligence at the Academy of Leadership Sciences Switzerland (ALSS). He is the founder and CEO of the ALSS, founder and director of the graduate program Doctorate in Medical Education (DME) and professor of PHD program in Medical Education at the International Graduate Medical Education (IGME) Calgary and University Ambrosiana, Milan. He has experience in developing curricula and projects in Switzerland and abroad. He is co-founder of the Center of Excellence for Leadership Innovation and Quality at RAK University, RAKCODS, UAE and ALSS, Switzerland. His research and teaching focus on Leadership and Management, Leadership and Quality Management, Leadership and Organizational Theory, Leadership Competencies and Emotional Intelligence. Recently he has published his model of leadership competencies in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ).

TOPIC TITLE: Using Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Competencies to reach the Excellence in Medical Education and Healthcare

ABSTRACT: According to experts of leadership science —an important threat facing the world today is the lack of effective leadership of our human institutions. Health organisations and medical schools—like other human institutions—need competent and effective leaders now more than ever to face the threats and challenges of the modern world. Nowadays educational leaders are under scrutiny to achieve heightened expectations for improvement to teaching and learning. They are called to be educational visionaries, instructional and curriculum leaders, assessment experts, community builders, public relations experts, budget analysts, facility managers, special programmes administrators and expert overseers of legal, contractual and policy mandates and initiatives. Yet, they encounter major challenges such as commercialisation of the university’s and medical school’s central purpose, perceived lack of accountability of higher education and heightened sensitivity of taxpayers towards ineffective and inefficient leadership in academia. Medical school leaders, in addition, are confronted with many concerns such as financial stability, curriculum development, research support and accreditation standards. The ability to meet these demands may be compromised as a result of inadequate