Leadership can be one of the most rewarding endeavors you can embark on in life. We’ve all known great leaders and can probably name the qualities that made them rise to sometimes-legendary status. For me, the great leaders I’ve admired through the years may have been smart and capable. What etched them into my memory (and my heart) was how they made me feel and think. They inspired me to see the possibilities, to have hope, and to believe in a better world. They helped me feel part of something important. and to believe that my part, no matter how small, could make a difference.
The Best Leaders
The best leaders strike a balance between the art and science of leadership. They set the strategy (science) and inspire others (art) to join them in achieving the vision. In healthcare today, it’s easy to get stuck in all the details of what must be accomplished to deliver consistent, high-quality care. But it’s important to remember that, each day, you have an opportunity (whether your title designates you as a leader or not) to inspire those around you to see the possibilities, embrace a common goal, and be part of something bigger than the task list. We entered this field because of our love for patient care.
I challenge all the leaders out there to ask yourselves this question daily: Who will I inspire today? You may just be the leader that others around you will remember forever.