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Best Traits For Development Leaders

Interview: Kris Laping, SVP, BIDMC

In a recent CDO U Interview: Kris Laping, Senior Vice President of Development, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, shared the traits necessary to lead a development department.

Kris stated:

“You need to have resilience and flexibility. You have to have an ability to navigate complexity. That’s something you don’t often find in job descriptions but I think that is probably one of the most important skills for the Chief Development Officer in academic medicine. There is the formal structure and hierarchy but then there is the informal way of how things get done. In order to move forward in your agenda, you have to understand how to navigate that and it is not intuitive. So developing those political skills along your career path is really, really important.”

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