Leadership tips that work for both your personal and professional life.
All physicians are leaders, whether it’s leading a small care team or directing a practice with dozens of other doctors. But being in charge doesn’t always mean getting things done, whether it’s at work or with your personal life.
Laurie Baedke, FACHE, FACMPE, director of healthcare leadership programs, program director, executive health care, MBA Creighton University, spoke about the keys of good leadership and how embracing them can improve your life and help you reach your personal and professional goals. Her presentation was part of the Medical Group Management Association Medical Practice Excellence Pathways Conference.
Here are Baedke’s main points:
Is the work you are doing just producing widgets, or is it actually getting you to where you want to go? Do you have a destination in mind for both your personal and professional life? Consider having a “to be” list instead of a “to do” list. As a team leader, your obligation is to steward its activities to move them in a direction of where you want them to be – to fulfill the mission of the organization.
Have strategic plans and execute against them. If you have goals, you are more likely to get there. Do you set personal goals quarterly, monthly, weekly, or daily? Get specific in what work needs to happen to achieve progress toward what’s important to you.
Start with a personal mission, vision, set of values, and then set goals. Break down the behaviors that allow you to make progress against that. Your purpose is the same as your mission.
Avoid the comparison trap with others. What is it that makes you happy? Have clarity on your purpose and mission to execute your goal. Doing the right things will get you to where you want to be.
Your vision is where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Have short, mid and long-term vision throughout your career.
If you know your values, it makes it easy to decide yes or no on opportunities that present themselves. Values help with filtering career opportunities or requests for time. It will create frustration for some as you draw boundaries around your time both personally and professionally, but this allows you to focus on the what and why on your career path and take actions toward what you want to be and do.
Goals should be specific and challenging. Studies show that people who set challenging goals had higher performance more than people who set “do your best” type goals. Goals have to be intentional. They direct attention and mobilize efforts. Be careful, because it is easy to overvalue the goal and undervalue the execution against it.
Do an energy audit. Look at your calendar for the last day/week/month. What are the meetings and activities that sustain you and charge you up, and what are ones that deplete you? This will provide more clarity on what you love and what you don’t. Then you can more effectively navigate your time and schedule, devoting more space to what you love and move away from things that drain you.