Leadership often makes the difference between an effective team and a team that struggles or even fails to meet its goals. Being a leader in the healthcare industry takes a unique set of skills. By working to improve the following skills, you can help your team become more efficient.
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Depending on how many people you have on your team and their specific responsibilities, you may have a maze of connections that you need to handle. Find ways to make sure everyone stays on the same page. This could be through emails, notes on a bulletin board, and team meetings.
Communication on an individual basis is also key. If a member of your team is struggling with a certain task, take the time to help that team member hone his or her abilities. Similarly, if someone on your team needs discipline, New York Times bestselling author Rory Vaden suggests that you carefully consider how you should handle the situation. Some people respond better to gentle tactics while others require a somewhat harsher approach.
Effective communication also requires that you have a good command over technology. By learning how to use tools that compile and share data, you can contribute to efficiency and efficacy.
Listening and Learning
Listening is part of communication, but it deserves its own mention because it is so vital to advancing your team. Be humble enough to listen to others’ ideas; an “open door” policy can help create an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable speaking up.
Make room in your routine for self-education. This could involve reading the latest professional journals or talking to people who are more experienced than you are in your field.
As a leader, you are bound to face curveballs. Have a flexible mindset and be willing to adapt to new situations. For example, you should be diligent in learning about and using the latest advances in electronic medical records and healthcare informatics.
Flexibility is particularly important during crisis situations. If a member of your team cannot make it into work or the team’s workload is unusually heavy, you have to know how to prioritize and delegate tasks so the most important issues receive attention first.
Planning and Vision
A post on health care thought leader B.E. Smith’s website says, “Effective leaders have a clear vision of what success will look like in a specific time period. They know how to plan for it, how to communicate and direct it, and how to implement it. They dream big and look forward to overcoming the challenges their vision will face.”
Analyze your goals and break them down into smaller, measurable goals that can help you and your team stay on track. When one approach or method for reaching goals doesn’t work, be prepared to make adjustments.
Do not be afraid to set ambitious goals. Your enthusiasm for excellence will be contagious, and you may be surprised by how much your team can accomplish.
Good leaders are a crucial part of an effective healthcare team. By communicating, listening and learning, being flexible, and having a vision, you can mold yourself into a valuable and respected healthcare leader.