Colonel Kevin L. Goheen OMM, CD, DDS, FICD, FRCD(C), FACP


The 2013 Lecture in Ethics and Leadership

What Followers Seek

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Be able to identify the needs of followers
  2. Be able to assess the qualities of good followers
  3. Be able to create an environment and emulate leadership attributes conducive to attracting good followers. 


Dentists have the honor and privilege of being seen as the leaders of the profession of dentistry as well as being respected leaders within their community. While this may have been a given in the past, in today?s competitive environment, being successful as a dentist and as a leader means having a keen sense of what those who follow are seeking.  The intent of this presentation will be to explore dentistry and specifically Prosthodontics from the perspective of those who work for us and those who would become us. In exploring the needs and desires of followers it will become apparent that many of the traditional views of leadership do not fully address followers? essential needs. In addition, looking at the lives of followers more holistically, instead of simply what they bring to work each day, will increase productivity and commitment to the team, the profession of dentistry and our own lives. Conscious and proactive efforts by those in positions of leadership, without doubt, have a tremendous impact on those critical relationships that will make or break an organization or an individual business. Effective leaders recognize the specific human needs of those who follow and strive to satisfy them.  


Colonel Kevin L. Goheen joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981 and graduated from the University of Toronto with his DDS in 1985. In 1993 he completed post-graduate training in Prosthodontics with the US Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Colonel Goheen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He was a Prosthodontic examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada between 1995 and 2004, serving as Chief Examiner until 2006.

Colonel Goheen completed the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College in 2001. Subsequently, he held the appointment of Commandant of the Canadian Forces Dental Services School between 2001 and 2003, and then became the first Commandant of the newly formed Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre between 2003 and 2005.

In 2008, Colonel Goheen was appointed as the Commanding Officer of 1 Dental Unit, which comprises 45 military garrison dental clinics across Canada and Europe. He deployed to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan as the XO/Deputy Commander of the United States Navy-led Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit/Hospital in 2011 and has now resumed command of 1 Dental Unit.