If you’re a doctor, you are already in a leadership role from the moment you start medical school. By the time you are qualified and entering your training years, you will be expected to take on increasing levels of responsibility both for management and leadership of the team such as:
- in clinical situations
- rota planning
- leading quality improvement initiatives
- and contributing to College and national projects.
By the time you are post CCT and a consultant or a GP, your management and leadership roles will develop further and expectations on you will rise accordingly. This is your chance to really make a lasting difference to large populations and to your colleagues – and it can feel overwhelming for many doctors to be faced with a significant leadership role.
Medical leadership is not something which you can learn from a textbook, and neither is it something you are either born with or without. Leadership comprises a complex series of tasks, personal qualities to develop, and skills to master over the course of a professional career. Many people who progress into very senior leadership roles started leading in the playground or sports field, and have been nurtured into increasing senior leadership roles over a period of time.
Whatever your pathway into leading as a doctor, there will always be room for further growth and development. Leadership mastery requires nurturing and the cultivation of you as a person as well as you as a doctor and a leader. It needs attention to both your horizontal development – the skills you need to acquire- and also your vertical development – the growth of your leadership maturity and gravitas.
Medical Leadership Coaching with Fiona Day Consulting will help you to become a leader of the future. Coaching for doctors is an evidence based and highly regarded personal and professional development process tailored specifically to your evolving needs. Leadership Coaching for Doctors involves attention to your self care and wellbeing, as well as to your career planning and your ability to authentically express yourself in your medical leadership role. Executive Coaching for Doctors is one of the most effective ways to develop as a medical leader and to ensure you are confident and skilled to lead both now and in the future. I draw on my own medical leadership career in the context of improving health across large populations to provide professional coaching for doctors and mentoring for doctors. Please contact me to discuss your specific situation and together we will take your medical leadership to a new level.