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Turning Success as a Physician into Medical Leadership

May 29, 2021 | 12:09 am | Info Articles
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To become a successful doctor, you need to do the work of creating and sticking to sustainable personal and professional habits. With the required physician skills mastered, it then comes to what you can bring to the table as a person. 

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We live in the instant era where people have grown increasingly impatient and life has grown increasingly hectic, including the lives of anesthesia specialists. This can’t be ignored.

It is time to make punctuality a priority, work on improving communication to make sure to articulate your desires clearly and succinctly, and then be adamant about protecting your down time. You need this time to recharge so that you can be more effective and more successful in your practice.

  • Be punctual
  • Communicate clearly
  • Establish boundaries
  • Make rest and recovery a priority
  • Learn something from others
  • Block out time to think
  • Read on a regular basis

 

Learn what you can from other doctors, even those with less experience. Teaching is one of the better ways of learning something. By asking them to educate you, you’re helping to cultivate the next generation of doctors.

If you’re busier than ever, devote some time to thinking. Regardless of your level of activity, your personal and professional problems aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they might be piling up. The only way to solve them is to consider them. And the only way to consider them is to devote time to thinking.

Even if you spend just five minutes at the beginning of your day thinking about the day’s most important question (MIQ). At the end of the day, spend another five minutes revisiting your MIQ. What insights or solutions did you come up with? Repeat the process the next day.

Reading helps take your mind off of work stresses, can stave off late-life cognitive decline, can make you more empathetic, and you might even learn a few things. The average American adult is spending about 45 minutes daily on social media. Imagine how much knowledge you could acquire if you spent that time reading something useful.

Excellent Medical Leaders Inspire Others and Create Positive Change

Not all physicians or healthcare providers are cut out to be health leaders, as medical leadership requires both professional knowledge and essential leadership traits. At its core, leadership is about inspiring others to work toward a better tomorrow. You must have a positive outlook and strong sense of hope for the future if you are to lead others. Key leadership qualities include:

  • Optimism
  • Vision
  • Integrity
  • Introspection
  • Empathy
  • Adaptability
  • Patience
  • Vigilance

 

Leaders can see beyond what is, to what might be – and they can convey that vision to others. They must be reliable and honest as they set the moral tone of their organizations, and their personal behavior should be consistent with their stated values.

A leader must be able to recognize when they need to adapt their behavior. They deliberately cultivate habits to help regulate their emotions and manage stress.

Good medical leaders stay abreast of industry news and pending legislation. They are often involved in professional organizations and frequently attend conferences and read trade publications. They monitor social media and community chatter for both positive and negative news about their organization so they can respond appropriately.

Results take time. Leaders typically have grand visions, but good leaders know that change is incremental. They appreciate small steps and continue the course.

The best leaders empower others. Understanding others allows you to put them in positions where they will flourish, which will help your organization flourish in turn.

As medical leader, you’ll be required to deal with all sorts of challenges – some predictable, some not. You will not have the luxury of working in an ideal environment; instead, you must be prepared to lead through chaos.

If you possess these qualities of a good leader, you just may be poised to make a big difference in your anesthesia practice or professional organization.

Sources:

8 Traits of Good Medical Leaders. healthgrades.com

7 Habits of Successful Doctors. mdlinx.com