The five leadership traits all CEO Optometrists must possess!

Running a successful practice requires more than just having a great idea. It requires leadership. And let’s face it—not all of us are natural born leaders. That’s okay. The good news is that leadership skills are something you can learn. 

Here are the five leadership traits all CEO Optometrists must possess to effectively lead their practices.


1. Be a good listener –

Leaders must be able to listen and understand, as well as communicate. Listening goes well beyond being quiet and giving someone your full attention.   It requires you to be aware of body language, facial expressions, mood, and natural behavioral tendencies. Leaders who listen are able to create trustworthy relationships that are transparent and breed loyalty. 


2. Communicate with your team –

One of the best ways to avoid disgruntled employees and a dysfunctional team is to communicate clearly with everyone. Always let your workers know what’s going on and what you expect out of them. Also, give them insight into the bigger picture so they know your practice’s overall goals and vision.


3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes –

You aren’t perfect. Nobody is. It’s impossible to run a practice without making mistakes, but great leaders understand that mistakes will be made. That’s just part of being an entrepreneur. It’s how you rebound from those mistakes that really count.


4. Surround yourself with smart, talented people – 

As a business leader, it’s important that you build a well-rounded team. You should understand your own abilities—your strengths, your weaknesses—and surround yourself with talented individuals who possess the skills you lack. Then, let them do the things they do best!


5. Always be looking forward –

Where do you want your practice to be 5 years from now? A good leader is always visualizing the future. You need to think about what you want for your practice and create a plan that helps you achieve that. If you’re not looking forward, you’ll get stuck exactly where you are today, and that will cause stagnation in your business growth.. 


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