To enhance your career opportunities as a traveling health professional, you may want to develop your leadership skills. How can you do this? The first thing to understand is that it is not always necessary to actually be in a leadership position to develop many of the skills that a leader needs.

For example, qualities such as emotional maturity, assertiveness, self-assurance, self-discipline, and self-awareness – all traits of good leaders – can be cultivated on a daily basis just by the approach you take to your job.

Leaders have emotional maturity. When confronted with stressful situations, they maintain control of their emotions. They remain cool and calm under pressure and focus on the task at hand. When you face a tough situation at work, you should practice responding in the same way, avoiding angry outbursts or frenetic behavior.

Leaders are assertive. They are firm and decisive in facing challenges and achieving their goals. Again, this is an approach you can practice when you face challenges and obstacles at work. You may also need to be assertive with your supervisors to let them know what you need when it comes to getting your job done.

When you face and overcome challenges, you also develop another leadership quality – self-assurance. This is the quality of having confidence in yourself, not being dependent on the opinions of others for validation of your own self-worth.

Another quality of a leader is the ability to work hard. Leaders are engaged and energetic and willing to put in the time and effort to achieve their goals. The self-discipline needed for sustained focus and effort on a task is something anyone can cultivate.

Leaders are also aware of their own strengths and limitations. They know what they are good at and what they need to work on. They have their priorities clear in their mind. Here again, anyone can develop this kind of self-awareness by focusing on these issues and working on them.

Another very good way to develop leadership skills is by volunteering. You will get an opportunity to take more of a leadership position yourself, perhaps chairing a committee. You will get to see, on a more intimate level, who the real leaders in the organization are, who is able to accomplish things, and who cannot. You can choose one of the organization’s leaders to use as a model for leadership.

If you’re an experienced (one or two years of professional experience) RN, PT, OT, speech therapist, pharmacist or other allied health professional and you’d like to learn more about a career as a traveling healthcare professional, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to hearing from you.