Becoming A Better Dentist Leader For Your Team
As a dental practice owner, you face many challenges in your career. One of the main challenges is to make sure that you have a successful and profitable dental team working for your office. We have found through the years that dental teams will mirror the way you carry yourself and this will become the image of your practice that your patients will see. This is why it’s so important for you to be setting a good example for your team.
Perhaps the most important trait of becoming a good leader is being proactive. Proactive leaders and teams possess initiative and responsibility, both of which will benefit your practice. Below are 4 ways to become a more proactive leader and, in turn, make your team more proactive as well:
- Separate From Your Feelings – We don’t want this to sound so harsh. What we really mean is that you need to make decisions based on core values and common sense. It’s still important to have feelings and compassion in your practice, but don’t let that drive you.
- Control Your Impulses – Don’t base big decisions on fleeting thoughts. It’s easy to regret decisions made on impulse and it’s much better to take some time to think things through before committing to anything. This is beneficial advice for your practice and your everyday life.
- Accept Responsibility – It’s human nature to want to blame someone else when something goes wrong. However, the best thing you can do for yourself and your team is set the example of taking responsibility for your actions and acknowledging your mistakes. Use these mistakes as teaching tools instead of modeling blame or denial.
- Be Reliable – Keep your commitments and promises. If you say you’re going to do something, do it! Your team will notice your integrity and they’ll know that they can trust you. In return, they’ll be reliable to you as well.
The most important thing you can do for your dental practice is to base all of you decisions on your core values above all else. If your team recognizes this, they’ll respect you and the practice all the more and give their job 100%!
For more tips on running a successful dental practice, please contact CTC Associates! We’re here to help you succeed!