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Continuous Leadership Development

Communication is the key to action in building your team and calibrating their efforts toward meaningful, positive action. To ensure that your leadership style develops progressively and your effectiveness grows over time, start with the following strategies:

  • Get as diverse and as much feedback as possible on leadership effectiveness. Influences on your leadership style can be numerous and diverse; have family, peers, and trusted subordinates give you feedback on your leadership effectiveness. Get suggestions from all these individuals and try to incorporate any good ideas into your future efforts.

  • Give clear direction at all times to all staff members. Try to specify exactly what is expected and provide as much insight as appropriate on why something should be done. Sharing this information with employees can build trust and allow you to have two-way communication, which is important for a successful leader. Use appropriate follow-up methods to ensure that progress is being made and provide as much additional instruction as possible as employees strive to achieve their goals. Doing so enhances communication and trust, which will be the two most vital components to your success.

  • Give staff an appropriate amount of freedom. Assume that staff members know what they are doing vital vice until they prove otherwise. Providing too much direction or constraining performance can create the perception that you are unnecessarily overbearing or not trusting your staff. Closely monitor performance, provide inspiration, and measure goal attainment of all staff members.

  • Balance positive and negative information realistically. You must occasionally give your staff bad news. Provide this information on a timely basis, try to identify an upside (if possible), and deal with problems realistically. On these occasions, verbally stress your confidence that the group can handle adversity and rebound from negative circumstances. Strong leaders participate in adversity as much as in prosperity.

  • Try to keep perspectives on all issues. The true measure of leaders, in the opinion of many, is their reaction to things that are above and beyond the call of duty or beyond the norm. Try to maintain a balanced view of things, and exhibit the courage and strength necessary to handle tough situations.

  • Learn from every situation. Health care offers learning opportunities every day. Collect as much information as possible, process that information, and incorporate it into your leadership efforts. Remember that the best way to learn things is to ask appropriate questions. These may be questions that you ask yourself about what you have learned from a situation or questions you ask your peers and your supervisor about their insights and experiences. The more you learn, the greater your frame of reference becomes and the better leader you become.

  • In all cases, be yourself. Whatever makes sense to you should inspire the judgments you make. Whatever you are comfortable communicating or exhibiting in your words and actions should rule the way you communicate ideas, thoughts, and objectives. Your actions and words are being ...

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