Strategies to Develop Effective SPD Leadership

Finding the right leadership for the Sterile Processing Department can be tricky. Sullivan has found that many leaders in SPD are exceptional technicians, but they are not great leaders. In The Peter Principle, Laurence J. Peter writes, “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Good leadership in the OR requires more than “promoting” a talented staff member to a leadership role where he or she might not be as effective. Many hospitals promote knowledgeable staff out of their sweet spots into leadership roles. This frustrates them as well as everyone working in the OR. Lack of leadership skill causes reliance on content, which does not inspire teamwork. Anot

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