“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”
– Andrew Carnegie
Finding a new idea to bring your vision to life is hard enough; but it’s assembling a team to help you successfully get that idea across the finish line that makes a true leader. Being on the front line isn’t easy: when you are responsible for a group of people, no matter how high your stress levels are, it’s important to self-manage and hold yourself to the highest ethical standards in order to keep leading by example. Your team will take cues from you, and if you exude a high level of calm and confidence, they will become inspired and will follow with respect.
How do you become a more inspirational pharmacy leader? How do you stay aware, maintain integrity and encourage your team to live up to the high standards of your business? By sharing your vision, showing support and taking care of yourself you will be able to create a healthy and friendly environment – a place for creativity, high efficiency and mutual respect.
Share Your Vision
Becoming a true leader requires an ability to see the big picture and share the company vision with the rest of the team. When you launch a new program or change existing operations, it’s vital to inspire your team to anticipate the results of future success. Share your vision and mission statements and explain how much your team’s hard work means to your business. This will generate the enthusiasm for everything you collectively put into the future accomplishments: an inspired employee will be driven by a desire to achieve greater results and, in turn, will become a more active team player.
Take Care of Your Team
Inspiring your team is great not only for future success, but also for the tasks at-hand. When you are stuck in the whirlwinds of the daily routine and energy levels and morale are diminishing, give yourself and your team a break. Acknowledge the hard work that everyone has done and recognize that everyone needs to step back and recharge batteries every now and then. As a dynamic and inspiring leader, you are responsible for keeping your team’s spirit up, and that begins by praising them for the job well done.
Take Care of Yourself
If you want to become the best leader for your team, you need to take care of yourself just as much as you want to take care of them. As an entrepreneur and a pharmacy owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations; you often stay late filling prescriptions and making sure shelves are fully stocked – all at the expense of your personal life. Remember to take care of yourself and devote time to your family and passions outside your pharmacy. This will help you stay present and provide your team with much needed support and inspiration during busy workdays. Your employees will appreciate a leader who is calm, supportive and optimistic.
Ability to inspire is the first step on the path to becoming a more dynamic pharmacy leader, and leadership is a state of mind. Created for the independent pharmacy, our Advanced Leadership Training is perfect for pharmacy owners and supervisors who are in a leadership role and are responsible for the growth, development and performance of others. Don’t miss this unique course — it’s jam-packed with ideas and strategies you haven’t heard before.