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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Executive Leadership Perspective


Dr. Jorge R. Petit, MD


Thursday, June 15, 2023

In the spirit of LGBTQ+ Pride, I wanted to reflect on the powerful connection between leadership, visibility, and the celebration of diverse identities. After years of executive healthcare leadership roles, I am convinced that leadership is not about the title you have or confined to a singular mold; it thrives when as individuals we embrace our authentic selves, proudly own our LGBTQ+ identity, and cultivate an environment of belonging, inclusion and visibility. 

Authentic leadership starts with embracing one's true self, including one's LGBTQ+ identity. The journey towards self-acceptance and coming out can be transformative, providing a profound understanding of one’s authentic self. As a proud and visible LGBTQ+ leader, I lead from a place of self-acceptance and pride and inspire others to do the same. By sharing my story, challenges, and triumphs, I create supportive environments that celebrate diversity, enabling others to bring their whole selves to the table.

I proudly embrace my LGBTQ+ identity in order to foster a sense of belonging within the teams and organizations that I have been lucky to lead. By visibly representing our LGBTQ+ community, as leaders we can create spaces where individuals can be their true selves without fear of discrimination or prejudice. This visibility sends a powerful message, inspiring others to feel seen, heard, and valued. It also offers representation to LGBTQ+ individuals who may have previously felt invisible or marginalized, reinforcing the importance of diversity and inclusivity in leadership.

As a healthcare executive who intertwines my LGBTQ+ pride with a compassionate leadership approach I believe I can be a catalyst for positive change. LGBTQ+ leaders can challenge heteronormative narratives, dismantle biases, and champion policies that promote equality and inclusion. By embracing our authentic selves, we pave the way for more inclusive workplaces, cultures, and societies. We need to create opportunities for dialogue, education, and allyship, fostering environments where everyone can thrive, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

By being visible and proud, leaders can provide representation, empowerment, and support to LGBTQ+ individuals in their organizations and communities. This authentic leadership drives positive change, breaking down barriers, and creating spaces where everyone can thrive. Let us continue to celebrate and uplift LGBTQ+ leaders who pave the way for a more inclusive and accepting future. Together, we can create a world where LGBTQ+ individuals can bring their authentic selves to leadership roles, making a lasting impact on organizations and society as a whole.


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