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5 Ways to Cultivate Effective Leadership in your Organization

How do you engage your physicians? It's a question with many potential answers depending on the organization and its culture, but the best way to start is by cultivating leadership. Our online course, Mastering Physician Engagement, provides suggestions on how to model leadership as well as specific actions you can take to foster the leadership capability of your team. 

Attributes of a Leader That You Can Cultivate in Yourself

One of the best methods of cultivating leadership in your team is by embodying those characteristics yourself. Leaders display the following:

  • Deliver on outcomes
  • Demonstrate integrity
  • Have a passion for work
  • Are approachable 
  • Admit shortcomings
  • Seek feedback

In addition to embodying and modeling these behaviors, there are specific actions you can take in order to create a more open environment that encourages engagement and fosters the leadership capabilities of your team members. 

Maintain Open Dialogue

1. Maintain Open Dialogue

The best leaders foster an open environment where communication can be quickly and openly exchanged. Have an open-door policy and encourage your team to share information and share opinions with you - even if those opinions are contrary to yours. Make sure important organizational information is shared through a variety of tools, like email and in-person communication, so employees won’t miss it.

Promote Leadership Values

2. Promote Leadership Values

Good leaders are many things - reference the above bullet list to review the keystone traits of a physician leader. By embodying these values, you can encourage your team to exhibit them as well. Even if they aren’t in a formal leadership position, all physicians are leaders at some level and have the potential to create positive change if you encourage their best qualities.

Implement Performance Leadership Metrics

3. Implement Performance Management Metrics

Performance management involves using tools that can assign metrics to help employees clearly understand how they’re doing. Consider tracking feedback, appraisals, compensation, goals, and individual development plans. After all, proper communication and clear feedback is at the foundation of being a physician leader.

Encourage a Growth Mindset

4. Encourage a Growth Mindset

Those with a fixed mindset believe that traits like intelligence and creativity are static and can never change; they strive for success and avoid failure at all costs. People with a growth mindset believe that the above traits can be developed and that failure is an opportunity for growth. Leaders have a growth mindset and encourage others to think similarly.

Enforce Performance Leadership Standards

5. Encourage Performance Leadership 

A leader can’t foster the leadership ability of an employee through performance management alone. Evaluating performance leadership involves examining the qualitative ways an employee demonstrated positive behavior. When you recognize and acknowledge the leadership qualities of team members, they not only receive the support they need to continue on their leadership journey, but they become more engaged and happy with their work overall. 

Excerpts from our self-study online course Mastering Physician Engagement

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