Ep 114: Crucibles of Leadership – Overcoming Fear, Doubt, and Uncertainty to Find Your Voice with AANA CEO Dr. Randall Moore

Being the lead of an organization like the AANA takes a special set of leadership skills, but reaching that point doesn’t come without obstacles like uncertainty and doubt. Join us as we talk with AANA CEO Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA, about his journey to his leadership role and how he’s handled periods of self-doubt along the way.

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

Becoming a great leader is like anything else in life, it takes a lot of work and doesn’t come easy. Many CRNAs aspire to become better leaders each and every day, and we try to spotlight the people that really stand out in that area.

That’s why we’re excited to spend some time with Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA. He became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists on September 5, 2017.  Prior to that, Randy served as a senior hospital administrator with Memorial Health System in central Illinois. In addition to Randy’s hospital leadership experience, he served on the AANA Board of Directors as a Director and Treasurer.

You won’t find a lot of people with his leadership experience, but you’ll also learn why it hasn’t always been an easy skill to master. There have been many challenging aspects during his journey, even to the point where he began looking at other opportunities because of unhappiness.

What you’ll find out today is that even the best leaders have to put in countless hours and the growth never ends. Dr. Moore will share that journey with us on this episode and talk about the leadership style that he tries to utilize with his team.

So as you get started on the episode, keep an ear out for these topics:

  • How Randy found himself as the AANA CEO.
  • How he would describe his leadership style.
  • Not truly knowing what the role would encompass until stepping into that position.
  • What he feels are the essential skills you need as a leader.
  • Becoming unhappy in the job and how he dealt with adversity.
  • Finding what he’s best at and devoting time to that in order to bring value to the world.
  • Getting stuck on the hedonic treadmill
  • What advice would he give to people that are aspiring to be in leadership positions?

Check it out in the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

[2:00] – Why is this topic important?

[4:09] – Developing leadership style

[7:46] – His role vs what he expected

[13:05] – Essential skills of leadership

[17:12] – Struggling with being happy

[25:28] – Learning from failure

[27:43] – The role his wife played

[29:34] – What he’s good at

[31:45] – The hedonic treadmill

[35:03] – Advice he’d give to aspiring leaders


“As CRNAs, we’re trained and we’re educated to never to fail, never to make mistakes. Because if someone makes a mistake in an operating room, the patient gets hurt. That’s a very unhealthy mindset to be perfectly honest with you. We need to acknowledge that human being make mistakes and that is an important part of development.”

-AANA CEO Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA

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