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Q: What’s been your training ground for learning to be a boss?
a. Business school
b. The workplace
c. Dental school
For most of us, learning to lead in the workplace is something of an on-the-job experience. The path isn’t always easy, but with realistic expectations of yourself and others, it’s navigable.
What is clear is that being a great boss is absolutely vital to the success of your practice. To put it succinctly, as you enjoy your work and grow and develop, so must your staff, and it’s up to you to make that happen.
First thing, exhale. “It’s a journey,” assured Harvard Business School professor Linda Hill in a Washington Post interview last fall.
That’s a relief, since none of us are in top form right out of the gate. We learn by doing, by making mistakes, reassessing and trying again.
Ms. Hill makes several important points about the transformation made on the way to becoming a good leader. It shouldn’t surprise that the hard work starts within.
For most dentists, the career path is quite different. Unless they’ve arrived at dentistry as a second career, dentists most likely graduate from school and immediately embark on their life’s work, sometimes by building a practice and managing a business and staff for the first time.
Without a doubt, it’s a tall order. There are financial and market pressures as well as the considerable stress of personal success and performance on the line. And, as a myriad of dental practice management consultants have told me over the years, dental schools do not offer enough schooling on the “business” of running a practice.
To be sure, there’s a learning curve to becoming a good employer.
Next month, I’ll explore some traits and paths to becoming a great boss.
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