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Lessons in Leadership
May 9, 2011

Interview With Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Sommer); and Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (Dr Bartley).

Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(5):653-654. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.81

Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, is dean emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and University Distinguished Service Professor of Ophthalmology, Epidemiology, and International Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and serves as the chair of the board of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.

G.B.B.: How would you describe your leadership style?

A.S.: Fairly directive and definitive, but only after listening to a number of options and the opinions of others. I favor a flat organizational structure and obtaining diverse opinions, often through 1- to 2-day retreats, which generate good ideas but also buy in from those being led (and whom you hope will follow!).