If you missed part one about what is within a leader’s sphere of influence, go check it out. I share some key aspects of how you can shape the culture of your organization and affect the people around you. Even though I recognize there are some aspects of the environment that are within my sphere of influence, there will be aspects that are not in my control. As we transition from medical students to residents to attending physicians, I think creating a positive environment should be important to each of us. So, let’s talk about what may be out of our control. I don’t think it’s something that we should lose sleep over because it’s important to do the best that we can but know that some things are simply outside of our control.
Not Within a Leader’s Sphere of Influence
- Personal beliefs: The whole point of having a diverse team (studies have shown that this is very important in any organization and team) is to have differing backgrounds, and more times than not, that means having different beliefs. As a leader, you should be supportive and respectful of personal beliefs along with coaching the team on how to work together despite the differences.
- Personal problems: As a leader, you will not be able to control what happens in someone’s life. However, you can be supportive whether it means offering a helping hand, an ear to listen, or finding services that may be helpful to the people on your team.
- The grapevine: Gossip is a strong word, and unfortunately, I see this happen often in many hospitals and clinics. You cannot control what someone says, how they act, or their character. As a leader, you shouldn’t make judgments based on what you “hear through the grapevine” as I like to call it. If anything, all you can do is lead by example and take appropriate actions if any bullying is discovered.