Jandel Allen-Davis: Leadership Involves Walking Through Open Doors
Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D., became CEO of Denver’s Craig Hospital in 2018 after a long clinical career in obstetrics and gynecology and, more recently, as Vice President of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Craig is a world-class rehabilitation hospital caring for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, and Allen-Davis had little prior experience in this area. What she did have was an understanding that leadership is a learning process, a team sport rather than an individual pursuit, and that there is no such thing as perfection. In the interview below, she shares insights into how she became a leader (by intention as well as by happenstance) and how she learned to walk through doors that were opened to her.