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The dictionary says a leader is someone who guides. As medical doctors and health care workers it is our privilege and responsibility to guide patients and people around us to the best treatment possible for the disease or health problems that threatened them. For you to be effective, people must listen to you and be willing to follow your advice and recommendations.

If your patients and people in your community follow your instructions and your guidance, you can be considered a good leader. If they do not usually follow what you suggest, you may benefit by increasing your leadership skills. Leaders cannot expect that simply telling people what to do will result in them doing what they say. True leaders first gain trust and respect. Then people will be more likely to agree with them and be willing to follow their example and direction.

Be a Success

An important part of a career in health care is guiding people to the kind of medicines they should take, the surgical operations or treatments they need, and changes in habits that are best for their health. If patients do not respect you and consider you to be a health care leader, they may not follow your advice. Your success will suffer. On the other hand, successful doctors and health care workers are able to have patients agree with them and follow their recommendations. Our Leadership Club will help you do this. We will give you tips on how to give advice and be more effective in having people cooperate in your plans for their health.

Working with Others

In your career you may be promoted to high levels of authority. You may become an important health officer or a director of a hospital. Or you may be a primary investigator in medical research projects.

Whatever you do, it will be important for you to work in a cooperative way with your colleagues so you make them feel important and needed. If you wish to be a successful leader, the people you work with need to feel empowered by you to contribute their special knowledge and skills. They will need to be able to look up to you for acceptance and guidance. We will help you learn the attitudes and techniques that will help to make you a valued leader.

Character

There are personal characteristics in a leader that make people respect him or her as a trusted guide. These include external qualities that you can develop, such as your habits of dress, grooming, speaking, listening, punctuality, courteousness and health behavior. But even more important are internal personal values such as trustworthiness, honesty, fairness, morality, optimism, and energy. These characteristics can all be cultivated, and we will help you learn how to develop them.

Leadership Excellence

Tom Peters, a famous leadership expert, uses very few words to define excellent leadership. He says the definition of excellence in leadership is the person who is completely there for you. Mr. Peters asks you to imagine having waited six months for a meeting with Mr. Big. You finally get into the room for the five minutes you have been given, and he looks at you but does not see you. He does not give you his full attention.

So how do you apply Mr. Peters' definition? He quotes Dee Hock, the founder of Visa, the credit card company, who proposed the following:

Make a list of all the things done to you that you dislike. Do not do them to others. Ever. Make another list of things done to you that you loved. Do them to others. Always.

If you want to learn to be a good leader, Tom Peters suggests this is 99% of what you need to know.

Practice What you Learn

Everyone can learn to be a more effective leader. It takes reading about leadership, watching how successful leaders act, and practicing the skills that good leaders use. As you read the articles we send, take note of the techniques. Practice them regularly. Discuss them with your friends and colleagues. Try to help each other as you include leadership techniques in your daily living.

Use Your Skills for Good

No matter who you are, there are people around you who watch what you do and say and are influenced by your life. Even as you are learning to be a leader you can use your influence for good to improve the lives of people you care about and love. As a health care worker, you know cigarette smoke contains poisons that cause serious disease. Each year, 1,200,000 beautiful Chinese people die from smoking. We encourage you to gently use your leadership abilities to start making a change in the culture of smoking so people will live longer, healthier lives.

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