This white paper looks at the whiplash experience of physicians stepping into leadership roles – going from the practice of medicine to the practice of leadership. It explores the natural and almost inescapable reasons for that whiplash (Part I), how whiplash is experienced in reality (Part II), and the solutions that can be employed to counter whiplash and gain the benefits of physician leadership (Part III). For new physician leaders this will help make sense out of the experience. For seasoned physician leaders this will give you a tool to use with those you may be coaching or mentoring. For administrative leaders this will provide a tool as well as guidance in supporting the transition of physicians from excellent clinicians to excellent leaders.