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  • Michelle Shimmin

More Than a Manager: Creating a Leader

It all starts with leadership – our goal should be to create specialty leaders within our practice. A manager is a person responsible for controlling or administering all or part of a company. A leader is a person who leads a group or organization, the inspiration. “The measure of a leader is not what you do but what people do because of you.” H. Hendricks. We want to identify potential leaders and develop them within our practice. This is the primary responsibility of any leader, and it’s also one of the most challenging tasks leaders face. It’s crucial to get it right.

Leadership is driven from the bottom up, rooted in motivation, inspiration, and recognition. A great leader inspires confidence in other people and moves them to action. If you are lacking leaders in your practice, start looking deep and develop them! Strong traits to look for in a leader are character, positive attitude, self discipline, people skills, and someone who is discontent with the status quo. Leaders who become satisfied with the status quo quickly become followers. We need to realize that leadership within a team is greater than a one-man show.

Encourage people to believe in themselves by:

1) Finding evidence they want to grow

2) Identifying their strengths

3) Increasing their confidence

4) Giving them a place to practice

5) Coaching them to improvement

6) Keep increasing their responsibilities

As you proactively start developing these skills in your employees, you will notice leaders emerging. A leader will find purpose beyond the money. They will give and serve outside of their position, avoiding the clock-in, clock-out mentality, creating vested employees in your practice.

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