As a physician, you probably fancy yourself as the captain of your ship in the work place. Even if you work for a hospital or a big group, you still have some modicum of autonomy that lets you feel a bit in control.
But, have you ever wondered what sets the leaders among us apart? What’s the one thing that guides physician leaders to step up and stand out?
I believe it’s having a plan.
Not just having an intention. But, attending to that intention. Every day.
We all want to be the leaders of our own lives.
But, how about a plan to bring that leadership to fruition?
Do you have a plan to get you where you want to go?
Do you even know where you want to be?
A lot of “stuff” happened after med school, residency, fellowship and landing the day job. In other words, our lives finally caught up with us.
Most of us fell in love, got married, started families, built practices and settled into our lives.
But, if you aimlessly moved along without a plan, you may have inadvertently “settled for” the life you have now, rather than “settled into” it. When that happens, you drift through life rather than take the helm and lead.
If this resonates with you, don’t despair. It’s not too late for a “re-do.”
Think back to the big, big picture: Remember the goal you had when you got your acceptance letter to med school. Recall the vision of your wide-open future you carried with you as you walked across that stage at your med school graduation.
Remember the certainty you felt in your potential? The future was filled with unlimited possibilities back then. You were eager and ready for whatever life dished out.
Start from that place. Then, create a plan that positions you as a physician leader in your workplace, your community or in your own life.
The key is to take action. Being a physician leader can look like a lot of different things. Maybe it’s agreeing to sign up for a hospital committee of your peers; maybe it’s setting an example in your office for your staff and your patients; maybe it’s serving on the school board or being a coach for your child’s soccer team.
It’s most certainly not aimless, passive and uncertain.
How you choose to lead is up to you.
That you choose to lead should be a given.