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Leading with Authority

Leading with authority can be a powerful tool in leading your team to success. Not only does it help create a clear direction for your practice, but it also inspires confidence and trust. When you make decisive decisions and take charge, your team can feel more secure in their roles and responsibilities. In addition, a transparent chain of command can make it easier for everyone to understand their role in the practice, leading to better organisation and productivity.

Leading with Authority

However, there may be potential negatives when leading with authority. It can create an unhealthy work environment if you come across as domineering or dismissive of others’ opinions. Your team may become disengaged or resentful, leading to high turnover and poor patient experiences. Additionally, you may miss valuable insights that could help your practice grow and succeed if you ignore your team’s feedback or ideas.

So how can you lead with authority while avoiding these negatives? Here are ten helpful tips:

  1. Set clear expectations: Ensure everyone is aware of what is expected of them, including having up-to-date job descriptions, performance goals, work schedules, and how to best care for patients.

  2. Be decisive: Be bold and make decisions with confidence. Indecisiveness can confuse and delay progress.

  3. Hold people accountable: Ensure your team know they are responsible for their actions.

  4. Communicate effectively: Keep everyone in the loop with regular updates and feedback. Encourage open communication and listen actively to your team’s concerns and ideas.

  5. Foster a positive culture: Build a culture of respect, collaboration, and teamwork. Celebrate successes and recognise hard work.

  6. Lead by example: Show your team how to act with integrity and professionalism. Model the behaviour you want to see.

  7. Stay organised: Keep your practice running smoothly with clear processes, schedules, and systems. Make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities.

  8. Be adaptable: Be willing to adjust your plans and strategies as needed. Be open to new ideas and willing to experiment with new approaches.

  9. Keep learning: Stay up to date with the latest industry trends and technologies. Invest in your team’s development and encourage ongoing learning.

  10. Build relationships: Build strong relationships with your team, patients, and community. Invest time in ensuring that people feel valued and appreciated.

Leading a dental practice with authority can be challenging, but it can also be gratifying. By setting clear expectations, fostering a positive culture, and modelling professionalism, you can empower your team to be their best selves and grow alongside you.

It’s also important to remember that leadership is a skill that can be developed. If you or someone in your team struggles to lead with confidence, Prime Practices Leadership Program provides the essential skills needed to lead your team to success.

Prime Practice also offers Coaching and Consulting where our experienced coaches can help you develop leadership skills, and enhance the ability to communicate with your team and patients effectively.


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