Holy Name CEO Shares His Most Important Lessons in Leadership

Steve Adubato goes on-location with Michael Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name Medical Center, to discuss his role as a leader of a healthcare institution, the challenges he faces every day and the most important lessons he has learned about leadership.

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"We're at the Commerce and Industry Association event. I was proud to moderate a discussion on leadership. A very dynamic discussion. And one of our panelists, our distinguished panelists, Mike Maron, over at Holy Name, the leader there. It was very honest, Mike. I mean, it was all out there. Biggest takeaway for you on this leadership forum? Well, to me, well it was interesting, it's fascinating, because it was unscripted. So the common threads that came up on their own between Ralph and Kathleen and myself were, to me, was telling. Right? That there are consistent attributes to good leadership that apply across the board. It doesn't matter what industry sector. So... from public utilities to, you know, education, to healthcare, it's all the same. By the way, it was Kathleen Waldron, who is the President of William Paterson University, and Ralph LaRossa, who is the President of PSE&G. So it was a really dynamic discussion. One of the things that you said, I gotta tell you, Mike and I have had lots of conversations on the air before about healthcare issues, but I want to delve into this leadership thing. You have said, and you said here, that a lot of your leadership style comes from the way you grew up, how you grew up, who you grew up around, and your values. Talk about that. Yeah. So to me it was... it's a combination of hard work. In my household you had to, from the time you were 12 years old, with the paper route, actually probably younger than that back then, on up through, I had worked. I always worked. I had to sort of fend for myself and pay my way through college. And with that comes a drive and a willingness to want to do things. And you watch people, as I came up through the ranks, who were in leadership positions, used to question, like, "Why?" Like, "So why do they behave that way? Why don't they...? I'm a peon right now. Why don't they give me the time of day?" And early on, I remember vowing to myself that if I were ever in that position I would never ever treat people that way. Because I didn't like it when I was there, treated that way. So don't do it, you know, when you have the opportunity to pay it back. And I've kinda lived by that my whole life. One of the things that also came up in this discussion that Mike was really candid about, was the whole question of humility. Mike brought this up. We we're talking about leadership styles, and not to be self promotional..."