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10 tips for physicians to be better leaders


Most physicians were never trained on how to become effective leaders, but luckily, it can still be learned.



Most physicians were never trained on how to become effective leaders, but luckily, it can still be learned.

In a recent talk, Robert Taylor, MD, provided 10 ways to help physicians cultivate their leadership skills. Read on for the tips.




Define a vision: Good leaders not only have a compelling vision. They will not rest until that vision becomes a reality







Share the vision: Leadership is not passive; it is an active activity. Persuade others to join the quest.





Recognize your leadership style: There are six styles of leadership, including autocratic, dictatorial, facilitative, bureaucratic, parental, and charismatic. Which style are you?





Differentiate between leadership and management: Leaders have a vision, and managers carry out the vision. Leaders do the right thing, whereas managers do things right. Both are important concepts, but they are clearly different.





Learn and play by the rules: Although you don’t have to think by the rules, they are the scar tissue of past errors. And it is very important to learn from past mistakes.





Earn the trust of those you lead: Make rational, mission-based decisions, reconcile your vision with your values, and guard your credibility.





Recognize the power of leadership: Power is being at the table. Power is being able to control what happens to others. Use power sparingly, and share power appropriately and progressively.





Act like a leader: If you are chosen to lead, then play the part. Leaders not only model the behavior, they set the example.





Turn followers into leaders: Empowering your employees to make decisions is an excellent leadership trait, Taylor said. And when you see an employee making a sound decision, acknowledge it.





Maintain balance in your life: Turn work into play, and play hard.

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