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Akron Children's Hospital CEO shares leadership lessons in new book

11-30-2017 (Akron, Ohio )

William Considine, drawing on his experiences over the past 38 years at the helm of Akron Children’s Hospital, has written a book offering his insights on how to become a trusted and inspiring leader.  

Entitled “Leadership,” the book uses the letters in that word to illustrate the key attributes he feels are necessary to effectively motivate others and earn the mantle of leadership. Considine relates stories from his life and the lasting impact mentors, friends, family, coworkers, community leaders and patients have made on his leadership style.

Considine shares how carefully listening to and acting upon feedback from colleagues and patient families has helped guide his career, and he offers tips to help others define and develop their own organizational values and personal leadership style.

“Obviously, not everyone leads an enterprise with the ongoing drama inherent in a children’s hospital,” Considine said. “But I’ve discovered that an invisible force unites all good organizations. A large part of your job as a leader is to identify that force, or spirit, to nourish it and communicate it to every member of your organization.”

As one of the longest-serving hospital CEOs in the United States, Considine has overseen Akron Children’s exponential growth as it has become the largest pediatric healthcare provider in northern Ohio, with more than one million annual patient visits at two hospital campuses and over 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations.

He is actively involved in numerous healthcare, educational, and cultural organizations at local, state and national levels. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and past board chairman of the Children’s Hospital Association, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Child Health Corporation of America and more.

“This book is for anyone who is a leader or wants to be a leader, whether in healthcare or some other field, wrote the late Charles S. Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare magazine, in the book’s foreword. “It is filled with common sense, practical insight on how to set the course of an organization and how to inspire those who report to you and those who serve you.”

“Leadership” may be purchased at the Akron Children's Hospital gift shop for $15 or online at Amazon at

All proceeds from the book will benefit the Rebecca. D. Considine Research Institute at Akron Children's Hospital. 

For more information, visit this website.

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