If you’ve read my biography, then you know I hold several leadership positions at my medical school. I’ll be the first to tell you that by no means am I a perfect leader. In fact, the only way to really learn leadership is by doing it. So I’m here to share with you ways I’ve learned to develop and improve my leadership skills.
- Communicate efficiently and effectively. This is key in anything you do as a leader. Make your expectations clear and concise, and express kindness.
- Be a good listener. Listen to your officers and members. They will tell you what they want from you, and contribute ideas for success.
- Encourage a sense of unity, and be approachable. You want the officers and members to feel safe and valued enough to express any concerns.
- Get to know those around you. You are never too small to say hello, thank you, and ask meaningful questions. Get to know each person’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Lead by example. When you are committed to producing quality outcomes, your team will follow.
- Be positive. Attitude changes everything. When you motivate others, they will be willing to go the extra mile.
- Be reasonable. Remember that we are in medical school, which is extremely time-consuming. So just be mindful of that when assigning tasks.
At the end of the day, your goal is to strive for improvement in all aspects—not only to better yourself but also the organization you’re contributing to. So trust your instincts. Through your experience and genuine efforts, you’ll become a great leader.