What does it take to be a leader in healthcare? Chances are, if you have any of these qualities, you’re a leader in your facility or department. Let’s take a closer look at the traits it takes to be a good leader and advance your healthcare career. Here are five skills that that medical leaders bring to the table.
Right from Wrong
You make ethical decisions every day. Even when you know that your choice to speak up may not be popular or may hurt someone’s feelings, you choose to say something when you know things aren’t up to standards. Your commitment to ethical decision-making is one of the things that helps you stand out from the crowd.
Leaders are good communicators. For example, in questions of an ethical dilemma, you also need to know how to communicate your expectations effectively. But it doesn’t end there. Communication is about positive interactions as well as expressing concerns. It also encompasses face-to-face interactions as well as written communications.
Time Management Skills
A strong leader also commits to managing their time effectively. Downtime is not a problem, but you also know how to manage your time in such a way that you can ensure everything is accomplished on time, every time. This may allow you to be more efficient with specific tasks as you go along.
A Passion for Learning
Leaders never stop learning. You know that education doesn’t end when you receive a degree. Lifelong learning doesn’t have much to do with official credentials, though that can be a part of it. Leaders are always willing to learn from other people, books, continuing education classes, or online learning opportunities.
A Positive Outlook
Finally, to be an effective leader, you also need to be a positive leader. Studies have demonstrated that people don’t quit jobs; they quit bosses. When a leader is toxic or continually negative, employees struggle to perform. But when a leader is grateful and provides plenty of positive reinforcement, even when giving constructive criticism, employees are more loyal.
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