Beware of Tuesday morning. It’s where good intentions die. After an inspiring seminar or conference, you walk into the office on Monday morning excited to implement all the things you learned while away. And then reality hits: the team isn’t dialed in, the scheduling is off, the patients aren’t reacting the way you hoped. Regardless of what this speedbump is, it slows you down.
So how can you overcome the speedbumps and keep the momentum going? Leadership.
A New Look at Leadership
When asked, most people don’t see themselves as leaders. Maybe it’s because they think they aren’t a natural-born leader. The good news is you don’t have to be! In fact, most great leaders weren’t born that way. They took the time to develop and learn their skills. Here’s the good news:
Leaders are not born, they are carefully crafted.
As the owner or manager of a practice, you’re a leader. People look up to you and seek you out for direction and advice. Meeting their needs and expectations might seem like a daunting task. But with a few simple behaviors, you can take the first steps to becoming the confident, trusted leader your team needs.
1. Do what you say you’re going to do.
This is about credibility. Just because you have the title Doctor, Manager, or Owner doesn’t mean people will trust you. You must earn their trust by following through on your promises. This takes a great amount of commitment from you and a daily mindfulness of your actions.
Accountability also comes into play here. You’re going to drop the ball at some point. Your people will notice! So own up to it. Admit it when you don’t follow through on a commitment, and make a new promise that you can fulfill.
2. Clarify your values.
Values are the moral and ethical codes that guide us such as respect, family, honesty, excellence, growth, and teamwork. It’s important to take some time to clarify your values so you know you are putting your time and energy into what is important to you. Clarifying what is most meaningful and valuable to you increases your commitment and allows you to align your daily actions with those core values. When you’re committed, it’s easier to follow through and do what you say you’re going to do.
3. Create a compelling vision.
If your vision is compelling, people will want to follow you. Your team seeks clarity and understanding of where they’re heading. So what is your vision for your practice and your team? Ask yourself these questions:
- What do you aspire to?
- What do you take pride in?
- What makes you unique?
- How does this impact the common good (patients, community, etc.)?
With a compelling vision and clear purpose for your practice, your team will be clear on where they’re going, how to get there, and the rules of engagement.
Don’t stop here! Learn where the magic really happens by watching Deidra’s full Leadership Mastermind Series video. Fill out the form below for your complimentary access.
About PDA’s Leadership Mastermind Series
Productive Dentist Academy is offering a complimentary 10-Month Leadership Mastermind Series of videos leading up to our BlueSky 2018 event November 2-4 in Scottsdale, Arizona. At our PDA Members’ requests, the focus of BlueSky 2018 is leadership and team development, and annual business development planning. The Leadership Mastermind Series is intended to give you actionable items to implement in your practice now, so you and your team can come prepared with ideas, questions, and a healthy understanding of leadership principles. Click here to learn more about BlueSky 2018.