South Carolina Medical Group Management Association

Self-Awareness Leads to Improved Leadership Skills and Career Development

As the healthcare system continues to shift and change, practice administrators must heighten their focus on leadership skills and career development to stay competitive. "Competence will get you the job, but character is what will make you a good leader," explains Tracy Spears, MGMA member. 

One of the most important aspects of leadershp is understanding your own temperament and the temperaments of those around you. "Leadership is the most pride-swallowing job there is because you have to think about other people's needs."

Managing Up - Learn to work well with your boss and those higher up the chain is critical. This strategy is based on consciously working for the mutual benefit of your boss and yourself. The key is to identify your boss's personal needs and communication style, and to learn how to present problems in a productive way.

"Be in the solution business. When you present a solution along with the problem, you are demonstrating your willingness to collaborate."

"Developing a career plan for the next five years is imperative to being successful and being fulfilled in what you do." Where am I going? How am I going to get there? Why do I need to make a change? What's missing in my arsenal? When should I begin my preparation? Who is my champion?

By Shannon Geis, Staff writer/editor, MGMA