Are You Just the Owner of Your Practice Or the Leader?

May 31, 2010 by  Filed under: Management 

Just because the buck ultimately stops with you as the owner of the practice, that does not necessarily mean you are the leader by default. Without a leader giving clear direction, many practices flounder and do not reach their full potential.

Here are some simple traits that true leaders possess. The good news if you are missing any of the pieces, you can adapt and learn to increase your leadership skills.

True leaders have a plan they follow

Leaders work to anticipate changes and plot a course for constant growth and improvement. Distractions and emergencies do come up, but a leader does not allow those to throw them off track for long. They will also be willing to adapt their plan if it is not getting results or better options become available.

True leaders are always looking at the future

Leaders are able to deal with the “what is” as well as the “what can be”. They provide a long term vision of what accomplishments they expect for themselves and their team. Looking toward the future can provide direction that keeps the team focused on the long term too. A key tool is a well thought out Vision Statement for the practice that lays out details of what the practice stands for.

True leaders share their goals with others

By sharing their goals, leaders create their own accountability as well as communicating their vision with others. As others have a clear idea of what the goals are, they will follow and support the leader. If others do not know what the expectations are, they can become distracted or make up their own unrelated goals.

True leaders have a take charge attitude

Leaders are not afraid of making decisions, popular or unpopular and holding others accountable. Whether a crisis situation or being the person providing clear direction, leaders will be the ones out front taking action. When others see that confidence, they will gladly follow.

True leaders set an example for others

Strong leaders do not ask others to do something they would not do themselves. They are the ones who are the first to put in extra work or thank those who are getting the job done. Their actions speak loud for them at all times. Nothing is for show, but instead meant to lead the team in the direction they will be going.

Developing strong leadership skills is a conscious effort that all practice owners need to make. Being seen as a leader rather than just the owner of the practice will motivate the team to a accomplish more. In the long run, the practice owner will be rewarded with a lower level of stress and the knowledge that the team is maximizing their potential.

Ken Smith is Vice President of Peak Performers, Inc. an organization specializing in supporting the business consulting and staffing needs of dentists and their practices. With over twenty years experience in the health care field, Ken’s background includes supervising the operations multiple dental practices as well as work in the optometric and veterinary fields. Ken is experienced in the business side of practice management and is skilled in the areas of human resource management, interviewing and recruiting, customer service as well as revenue growth. To contact Ken visit http://www.peakdental.com or follow Peak at http://www.twitter.com/PeakStaffing

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