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7 Mindsets That Will Lead to Leadership Success

Leading a complex organization means that you have to challenge assumptions, question long-held truisms, and demand that core principles are known and respected. It's intense work for even the most skilled leaders, but some may think they're not suited for the work because they don't have the "right" personality traits. 

In our new course, Leading Complex Organizations, Dr. Randy Bickle posits that certain personality characteristics can help and determine your leadership style, but that the following mindsets, or, ways to consciously think and approach matters, are also imperative for success. Even if these mindsets don't come naturally, it's useful for physician leaders to take some time out of their day to reflect on how they're cultivating these mindsets to best benefit themselves, their coworkers, and their organization. 

1. Openness

Genuine openness is necessary when finding the best solutions to improve key areas. After all, the ideal solution to an organization's problem may come from unexpected people or places. 

2. Ambition

A drive for self-improvement and professional success is imperative for leaders. Those at the top of their organizations can transfer that ambition to organizational growth and goals. 

3. Desire for ROI

Physician leaders must understand the importance of ROI and how it relates to training, developing, and retaining employees. Plus, they must strive to make improvements and ensure ROI is a positive outcome. 

4. Investing in Quality

Leaders know that developing people and processes is key to improving an organization's quality. They hear their organization's concerns and seek out solutions. 

5. Being Proactive

The most effective physician leaders have a strong desire to to proactively address issues based on the feedback they receive. They fear the consequences of inaction. 

6. Soul-Searching

Leaders who take periods to reflect on their career, goal, and life can feel more reinvigorated as they focus on matters most important to them. This mindset can propel leaders to pursue new organizational goals and challenges. 

7. Commitment to Self-Improvement

Excellence in leadership isn't an end point - it's a constantly evolving process. Leaders who are committed to self-improvement are always asking how they can improve, for themselves and their staff, and are invested in life-long learning. 

Excerpts from our self-study online course Leading Complex Organizations

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