Mike JeffHere is a picture of Jeff Thoren and Michael co-presenting last week at a Veterinary Conference in Kansas City. The talk was called: “A Tale of Two leaders – Escaping the Grip of 20th Century Leadership”.

The concept of LEADERSHIP is dramatically changing. Leadership development needs to focus on the world as it is today and in the future, not how it was in the past.

The 20th Century Leader is caught in the old “Command and Control, Carrot/Stick Style of leadership. This leader makes all of the decisions, struggles to get people to do what he/she wants them to do, blames others when things go wrong, is burdened by the pressure to “do it all”, is physically and emotionally exhausted and is experiencing only mediocre results  in the practice.

On the other hand, the “enlightened” 21st Century Leader  aligns people around a shared purpose and vision, uses collective input and a shared process for decision making, plays to his/her strengths, values staff members, is energized, optimistic and is experience great business results.

Where do you see yourself as a leader in your practice? How committed are you to evolving as a leader?

If you’re committed to evolving…..start with one small change, implement that and move onto the next step.

Some examples of small changes are:

  • Listen – Listening is a powerful gift you can give to your colleagues, your employees, your clients
  • Focus on the “Why”. Why are we in business? What is our purpose?
  • Show Compassion
  • Check your EGO at the door
  • Focus on Personal and Professional Growth for you and your team
  • Take one small step and at time and watch what happens to your practice!