Goal for 2007: Be a Leader, not a Boss
The boss drives his/her team; the leader coaches them.
The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.
The boss assigns the tasks; the leader sets the pace.
The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.
The boss makes work drudgery; the leader makes it a game.
- Author Unknown
To transition from a boss to a leader begins by taking a close look at where your practice is and where you want it to go. It requires an accurate assessment of important leadership competencies. It starts with you, the decision-maker, but it includes your staff.
The first step is to identify and isolate the forces holding you back from the success you want. Although not exhaustive, this evaluation tool lists ten important skills for contemporary leaders. Rate yourself. Then ask your employees to rate the practice. A comparison of responses should give you insight and direction - on your strengths as well as on specific areas of your performance that need improvement.
For each topic area, circle the number that best describes where your dental practice is now, and then rate where you want it to be. Use the number ‘10’ as the highest rating, and ‘1’ as the lowest.
Use this tool as a discussion guide with those you lead. Compare similarities and differences. In what areas do you agree? Where are the gaps in perceptions? Then jointly define ways to increase effectiveness and growth.
Determine specific steps you will take to enhance your own leadership. Talk with a colleague, mentor, or coach. After three months, complete the evaluation again to determine how your actions affected team performance.
Here’s to making it a more successful, productive and profitable 2007!
If you want to move from being a boss to a leader, contact Dr. Haller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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