Dr. Feutz suggests veterinarians can and should be leaders in their workplace, even as associates. The materials developed by the 2011-2012 Future Leaders will help recent graduates learn how to lead at work and to enhance their interactions with colleagues and clients.
Enhancing your leadership roles at work can help you in your career, and can strengthen your work team’s efficiency and your business.
Veterinary Team Brief is an excellent website full of information and tools on leadership for veterinarians, clinical communications, team and individual development, life balance and promoting ethical practices. Other helpful Veterinary Team Brief articles include Enhancing Communication Through Team Building, Building the Best Team, and How to Handle Crucial Conversations.
DVM360’s online resource contains helpful information on Personnel management, promoting a positive work environment and financial management. Another key article by DVM360 is 7 Morale Boosters to Pump Up Your Practice.
View online resources on workplace leadership such as Exceptional Veterinary Team, Harvard Business Review, The Glass Hammer which is geared toward women in leadership, and the Personal MBA websites.
Think about how your team’s personalities come into play in your practice. Personality analysis tools such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC Profile, and Enneagram can be helpful.
Discussing your leadership journey with a trusted mentor is a great way to cultivate your leadership skills. AAHA has excellent resources within their Mentorship Toolkit, containing information about establishing and maintaining a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship.
Podcast: Fostering Leadership in a Private PracticeFeaturing: Dr. Jeff Thoren, owner of Arizona-based coaching and consulting firm, Gifted Leaders.
Podcast: Creating a Positive Work EnvironmentFeaturing: Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo, a practice owner in the Denver area and the 2011 Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year.
Podcast: Challenges and Rewards of a Non-Traditional CareerFeaturing: Dr. Bret Marsh, state veterinarian of Indiana and former AVMA Treasurer.
Podcast: Driving Charge When You're Not the BossFeaturing: Dr. Andy Roark, author, veterinarian and consultant in Greenville, South Carolina.
Podcast: Juggling Family, Work, and Professional CommitmentsFeaturing: Dr. Karen Bradley, a small animal veterinarian and practice owner in Vermont.
Podcast: Setting Boundaries to Maintain Work-Life BalanceFeaturing: Dr. Gary Thompson, small animal practitioner and practice owner in Ohio.
Veterinary Team Brief
Harvard Business Review
The Personal MBA
Podcast: Becoming a Practice OwnerFeaturing Drs. Dustin Brown, Abigail Bowers, and John Feutz on recent graduate practice owners, helping to ensure a successful practice.
These books are especially recommended by some of our AVMA Future Leaders.
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