What does it mean to create a team of leaders?
We all know that great leaders don’t create more followers but inspire followers to become leaders. As practice owners, we aspire to have a self-managing team to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, however, it is pretty standard in the dental practice that staff functions based solely on the dentist’s command. Therefore, it defaults to an extra layer of policy and bureaucracy, creating a toxic environment for the staff, the owner, and even the patients.

In this episode, I will talk about autonomy. A unit that’s heavily reliant on command and compliance is a recipe for distrust and disengagement, and it’s essential to address this issue head-on to establish autonomy among members. Also, I will share with you the six tenets that will help your team manage themselves better. Because in a self-sufficient environment, individuals function autonomously, and their accomplishments contribute to the team’s overall growth and success.

Tune in and find solutions to common practice issues at  Prescriptions for Your Practice.


Key Quotes:

  • “We typically believe that a self-managing team is either a fantasy or we believe that we need a team of all-stars to pull it off.”
  • “We can train good help by leading everyone to break old patterns, old unproductive behaviors that they learned and turn them into highly productive autonomous habits.”
  • “My practice is not limited by its opportunities but it’s limited by its leader.”
  • “Leaders don’t create followers. Leaders create leaders.”
  • “You need to set the expectation that you’re gonna give all the tools and training that they need to succeed in their job.”
  • “Everyone has to leave their ego at the door.”
  • “Be open. Train the team to be receptive to new ideas and to seek out ways to do their job better.”
  • “Make sure that growth is the expectation by helping them to find their next mastery level in their job.”
  • “Ensure that every team member is better after they work for you.”

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