September 22

Surgeon, Author, And Inspiring Speaker, Dr. Seun Adetayo, Continues Her 7-Part Series With And Exploration Of The Roles Of Leadership vs. Management.

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Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, discusses the distinctively different roles of leadership and management while suggesting they are not mutually exclusive..

OMAHA, NE – September 22, 2021 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, has posted a new blog on her website entitled, “Leadership vs. Management – Distinct, But Not Mutually Exclusive.” Dr. Adetayo begins with a quote from Peter Drucker which explains that, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Dr. Adetayo launches into this blog with the distinctions between the two roles. She writes, “Leadership focuses on the people and the vision to get them to a desired, collective goal and mission. Management addresses the systems and processes for making the vision a reality.” She further explains, “It is important that both work together, and I delve more into the topic of People vs. Process in a separate article in this series.”

“As we focus on Leadership vs. Management,” Dr. Adetayo states, “it becomes clear that leadership and management roles, though different, are intimately intertwined. One role is distinctly more vision driven, and the other is predominately more process driven. The successful leader must learn to understand and navigate both crucial processes.”

According to Dr. Adetayo, “The leader must be able to cast the vision for the mission and direction of the team in line with the organizational goals. It is important,” she adds, “that this vision also resonate with individual values, and their “why” of being on the team.” On the other hand, she explains, “The manager must have the capacity to see and understand the vision clearly enough, in order to help build the systems, processes, and logistics of setting things up in the right manner to get the job done.”

Dr. Adetayo says, “I like to explain it in this way – the leaders cast the vision for the “why”, and the managers work on the execution of the “how” and the “what.”. All 3 – the why, what, and how – are crucial for the success of any venture. A vision without a plan to execute will fail. And a plan without an overarching vision of the why will also ultimately die off as well.”

She goes on the add, “The leader in you sets the long-term vision, the management part of you sets the process, systems, and protocols to accomplish it. Both leaders and managers must recognize the systems and processes in place, or the lack of those systems, because their presence or absence will affect the vision of leadership and the execution of management.”

The entire blog can be read at: LINK HERE

About Dr. Adetayo

Dr. Seun Adetayo currently practices in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  She is a Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Adetayo is unique in her field. As a gifted surgeon operating in a competitive field, Dr. Adetayo is also the first foreign-born (Nigerian) female minority surgeon to have built a successful nationally accredited multidisciplinary program for children with birth defects in Northeastern New York. She continued in this trajectory of helping patients and families as she now heads the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery where she serves as the Chief at the Children’s Hospital. Her journey has been dedicated to caring for patients and their families; mentorship for students, residents, and faculty; advocacy for legislation at local and national level; research; education; and community engagement and leadership. She shares her journey and strategies for success via her print material, meeting panels, blogs and speaking engagements.

Dr Adetayo has authored several book chapters in leading texts, including the second edition of Comprehensive Cleft Care which is an authoritative text volume on cleft and craniofacial disorders and treatment.  She also authored a chapter in the Family Companion Guide for educating patients and families with cleft and craniofacial diagnoses. She was also the author of the chapter on treatment of zygoma fractures in the text Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery.

She has received over 40 awards and recognition, and her work has resulted in over 50 published works and over 60 presented works at regional, national, and international meetings. She is published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Journal of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics.

Dr Adetayo plays an important role in mentoring and education in surgery, healthcare, and professional circles. She served as an invited surgeon and surgical educator during her last mission trip to Zimbabwe, where she served as the lead surgeon and guest lecturer for various hands-on plastic surgical reconstructions and teaching sessions. She is active in Women In Leadership lectures and advocacy. She served as a speaker for the Synthes collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Company on Improving Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare, and was one of four selected panelist speakers on Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery International Program by L’Oreal in conjunction with Resurge International. She was an invited speaker at the 2019 Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) annual Women In Leadership Conference in upstate New York. In 2020, she served as the Keynote Speaker for the Stryker Women’s Network National Conference National Women in Surgery and Leadership event in California.

Dr. Adetayo has served in various community leadership positions including Chairperson of the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Co-President of the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Society, Co-President of the Pritzker REMEDY Cuba Medical Aid Mission, Coordinator of the Chicago Local Chapter of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program for inner city Chicago school kids. She currently serves as Managing Editor and Co-Chair of the Learning Resource Committee of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).

She has been involved in various medical education and surgical trips to several countries including Cuba, Haiti, Nigeria, Peru, and Zimbabwe as educator and surgeon. She was awarded a Diploma of Honor conferred by the President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru.  She collaborates on meaningful initiatives with various international organizations including Rotary International and The Smile Train on improving surgical outcomes, healthcare delivery, patient safety, and quality control standards in surgical reconstruction. She continues to be active in advocacy, and philanthropic efforts in developing children and advancing communities.


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