Is Being "In Charge" Worth the Stress?
So you're the Boss. It's not exactly an enviable position. After all, you have to be chief production officer, human resources expert, interpersonal relations guru, and while you're at it, you also have to lead, inspire, motivate, reward, and discipline. Oh the joys of being in charge. Is it any wonder that many dentists struggle with this unenviable role?
They bumble along on a trial and error course. Some strategies work for a while and then suddenly seem to fail altogether.There's no explanation as far as you can see for what works and what doesn't. The only thing you know is that you didn't sign onto this dentistry gig just to continually worry about who's going to serve up their two-week's notice next, to be mediator between the warring factions on the team, or manage one patient complaint after another.
Certainly, life as the Big Kahuna is not easy. There are enormous expectations and demands. Far too many dentists experience and cause an enormous amount of stress in their practices because they have never been trained to lead their teams. While a few are natural born leaders, the vast majority spend far too many years and waste tens of thousands of dollars trying to simply figure it out as they go along. Answer the questions below andconsider honestly if you are a significant contributor to stress and anxiety in your own practice.
Has one or more of your employees left for another job in the past 12-18 months? If employees seem to come and go with the seasons, chances are that you're not exactly an easy person to work for. And putting an end to constant turnover in the practice is reason enough to care about your skills as the leader of your team. Improving your leadership abilities enables you to build a much more cohesive and successful team.
When it comes to working effectively with staff, the most successful bosses are solid “tough love” supervisors. They provide clear guidelines, necessary training, plenty of praise, and corrective measures when necessary.
Do you create an environment and a culture for success?
Do you set your employees up to succeed?
Do you establish clear standards?
Do you communicate clearly and specifically?
Are you decisive?
Is listening a part of your management strategy?
Do you provide ongoing constructive feedback?
Like dentistry, being the boss is challenging. Just as maximizing your skills as a superior clinician requires ongoing training, oftentimes achieving your full potential as a leader requires additional training and assistance as well.
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