By Guest writer George Baker, Dental Executive Coach

What does leadership mean to you? Is it about simply getting tasks done, ensuring others do their part, or fostering a collaborative effort where everyone achieves together? At Fortune, we champion a leadership philosophy that emphasizes cultivating leaders who, in turn, empower their teams. Because when you grow leaders, you grow the entire practice. We believe in leaders leading leaders.

Leadership is not just a theoretical concept; it’s a practical skill that drives individuals, teams, and organizations toward their goals. Here are four key steps to effectively lead your dental practice:

  • Define Your Desired Outcomes: While goals are important, results go deeper. They answer the fundamental question: “Why am I doing this?” For instance, if your goal is to see 10 patients a day, this will help you achieve your daily production target in four eight-hour days, affording you more time for yourself and your family.
  • Review Values (Yours and Your Team’s): Values serve as an internal compass, guiding what we perceive as good, important, and beneficial. They can also be a source of conflict, both within ourselves and with others. Being mindful of, and aligning with your own values, as well as those of your team, reduces the likelihood of conflict and fosters a cohesive work environment.
  • Manage Your Emotional State: Your state of mind directly influences your actions and outcomes. Focus, vocabulary, and physiology play crucial roles in managing your state:
  • Focus: Direct your attention to facts rather than emotions. What you focus on, you attract.
  • Vocabulary: Choose words that inspire and motivate, fostering positivity and unity among your team.
  • Physiology: Your posture and breathing affect your confidence and presence. Stand tall, breathe deeply, and exude confidence.
  • Communicate Expectations Clearly: Effective communication is the cornerstone of leadership. As the master communicator, take responsibility for the outcome of your communications. Tailor your message to the receiver, and express your thoughts and ideas confidently, respectfully, and clearly.

For further insights on leadership, I invite you to download Fortune’s Leadership Ebook here.

As a Certified Executive Coach (ICF-PCC) specializing in doctor-owned dental practices, I am dedicated to supporting your journey toward leadership excellence. With a background as a municipal fire chief, I bring a unique perspective to coaching on small team leadership, communication, system implementation, and ultimately, mission/business success.

Let’s connect on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/georgewbakerjr or via email at georgebaker@fortunemgmt.com.

Here’s to empowering leadership and continued success in your dental practice.