There are people who are good at what they do every day on the job, and then there are individuals who stand out as leaders. According to the American College of Physician Executives, over five percent of hospital CEOs are physicians, and the number is continually growing. Health systems with physicians in leadership tend to be positively impacted in a number of ways, including:
- Having a greater number of potential leaders
- Greater relationships existing between team members
- Increased staff engagement and retention
- The ability to provide higher quality care
1. You’re a good communicator.
One of the most important qualities of a medical leader is that they are able to communicate well. This means using systems like AIDET to establish strong communication skills in your day-to-day practice. Strong communication skills allows for more understanding and trust between a healthcare professional and a patient. Aside from helping to better your relationships with patients, it also allows for you to work well with others in a team and helps you maintain strong relationships with coworkers and other facility staff as well.
2. You know right from wrong.
Not only do you know the difference between what is right and what is wrong, but you also make ethical choices every single day. Medical leaders act with integrity, and can serve as a role model for those around them. An example of making an ethical choice might be to point out poor quality care by a nurse or physician and, while you might not want to hurt your coworker, it is important to identify issues with care to the proper staff member in order to ensure patients are always receive the best care they can.
3. You can manage yourself.
A sign of a good leader is one who can not only perform tasks well, but doesn’t need someone to constantly direct them to do so as well. A medical leader can manage their time and responsibilities, and are proactive when it comes to getting things done. Aside from being able to plan and prioritize your daily tasks on the job, you also demonstrate these qualities outside of work as well, by having short and long term goals for yourself and feasible ideas about how to get there.
4. You have a positive outlook on life.
When you are handed a challenge, you know how to find creative solutions with a positive attitude. While some individuals can see a challenge, whether it be on the job or in their personal life, as something devastating or too overwhelming, a true leader sees the challenge as a learning experience and tries their best. Having a positive outlook can really help when working in a medical facility, as it not only helps to ensure better patient outcomes, but also inspires others to think positively too.
5. You have a love for learning.
Every true medical leader knows that they can never stop learning. Life itself is one big lesson and leaders welcome the opportunity to learn new skills, practice emotional intelligence, and develop professionally.
Do these characteristics sound familiar to you? Then you’re a medical leader! Medical leaders help shape facilities and deliver excellent patient care. MedPro Healthcare Staffing is committed to helping you staff your facility with medical professionals who are driven by the desire to improve patient outcomes. Call us today and we can tell you more about our staffing services and help you submit a job order!