On 3/11, I read this article “ACHE Chairman Diana Smalley: 3 Ways to Become a Caring Leader” by Molly Gamble. Indeed, a leader can be a caring and effective one at the same time. Here are the three ways listed in the article.
1. Be the role model you always wanted or the best role model you ever had.
2. Recognize and build upon your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of those around you.
3. Protect healthcare for communities you serve by communicating your perspectives, and be willing to collaborate with competitors when it benefits the community.
A leader is a good role model, leading by example instead of preaching. Of course, people like to be around this type of person.
A leader is able to mobilize all positive forces around her. And a leader can see the large picture and choose win-win option so that all parties will benefit.
We can all be leaders if we can assume these characteristics.