Leading makes a leader. I discovered this a number of years ago when I found myself the head of my dental practice.
And like many, leading was an unexpected byproduct of heading up a dental team.
I knew what I wanted but I had to learn to become a leader for my partners, colleagues and staff. Leadership wasn’t about me: it was about them. Helping them to do their jobs at the highest level they could do by providing them with the encouragement, guidance and example to follow.
I did a lot of research and learning along the way and found that it came down to 17 areas that contributed to becoming a successful leader.
They are motivation, tolerance, trust, purpose, vision, attitude, awareness, determination, commitment, endeavor, tenacity, belief, faith, inspiration, self-control, willpower and patience.
I’ve covered many of them in three previous blog posts.
Here’s the rest….
Where do your ideas come from? Where do your team members’ ideas come from? In business you will always need new and fresh ideas. They could come from all walks of life, all different types of people, all different ideas, but you constantly need to renew your ideas and come up with fresh ones. Many times I find I get inspiration from the people around me. It can be an inspiring story or something I’ve learned about a team member or partner that I fully didn’t understand or was aware of. Think about those who inspired you, why they did, and work to create that same atmosphere so that the people around and near you walk away inspired.
Self-control is critical. In the heat of battle, it’s difficult, even at time almost impossible to have self-control. But it is a crucial part of success and leadership.
Self-control starts first by understanding yourself, knowing the buttons that can trigger your reactions, and trying to maintain your personal self-control.
And in the end, it’s willpower, the constant drive to be the best at what you’re doing and to instill that willpower in the team members around you.
If you are struggling with becoming a leader in your organisation – whether it be in healthcare environment or not, the principles remain the same.
I offer one-on-one coaching to help busy professionals develop the leadership skills to succeed in any workplace. If this sounds like something you could use please get in touch.
And he knows that once you “get it right,” it’s not a great leap to replicate that success over and over again.
Today, in addition to his work as an actual dentist, Dr. Coughlin coaches, consults and speaks to dentists across the country on how to build the practice of their dreams – based on proven processes and procedures.
Latest posts by Kevin Coughlin (see all)
- Customer experience is the key to growing your dental practice - May 8, 2019
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- Podcast: Becoming More Efficient and More Effective Without Burning Out - April 25, 2019