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Building Your Leadership Legacy

Apr 21, 2021

Hi Physician Leaders,

I'm Dr. Lisa Herbert, Board Certified Family Physician, Best Selling Author, Speaker, and Executive Leadership Coach. I help physicians transition into leadership roles so they can be the respected voice in healthcare. 

What determines your legacy?

In order to answer this question, we must first define for ourselves, what is a legacy?

As a mother, daughter, sister, and community member, I define legacy as the love, shared memories, traditions, stability, and security that you leave behind to the people you care for.

As a leader, coach, speaker, and author, I define legacy as the change, impact, value, and lessons you create for the people you serve. Your leadership legacy, as I call it, isn’t defined by your wealth, your accolades, your name recognition, or any other superficial matters.

It's about how you touch the lives of others.

The change you’re going to bring about. The impact you will have on your organization. The value you will leave...

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Delegating as a Physician Leader: 4 Tips To Setting Your Team Up For Success

Oct 17, 2020

Hi Physician Leaders,

I'm Dr. Lisa Herbert, Board Certified Family Physician, Best Selling Author, Speaker, and Executive Leadership Coach. I help physicians transition into leadership roles so they can be the respected voice in healthcare. 

Last blog we talked about the importance of delegation as a leader. Just to recap, leaders must delegate effectively. The most successful leaders treat delegation as an essential strand of their leadership approach. Areas of work, activities, routine, and event-specific decisions, are analyzed, evaluated, and where appropriate the decision is made to delegate responsibility and authority. Delegated powers are explained, discussed, and agreed upon, and measurable objectives set.

The next step is for the leader to build on this by adopting a consultative, supporting, coaching role, as appropriate for each of the individuals delegated as a way to create a clear path to success.

Here are 4 tips for setting your team up for success:

  1. Remove or...
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3 Steps To Delegating As A Physician Leader by Dr. Lisa Herbert

Oct 10, 2020

Hi Physician Leaders,

I'm Dr. Lisa Herbert, Board Certified Family Physician, Best Selling Author, Speaker, and Executive Leadership Coach. I help physicians transition into leadership roles so they can be the respected voice in healthcare. 

This blog is about the importance of delegating. Physician leaders must be able to delegate effectively. The most successful leaders treat delegation as an essential part of their leadership approach. Decisions are made on activities by deciding which areas of work, routine activity, stand-alone projects, absence cover, key operational decisions, emergency or business disaster events, and strategic level decisions, should have responsibility or authority delegated to specific team members. It involves forecasting and scenario planning, in order to determine which activities, and in which circumstances, should responsibility and authority be given. It requires the delegating leader(s) to analyze thoroughly the planned activity and potential...

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7 Leadership Inspirational Quotes To Help You During A Time of Crisis

Mar 30, 2020

During a time of crisis, sometimes you need that little bit of inspiration to help you weather the storm. These quotes from leaders can help you to put things into perspective and provide you with a different way of looking at things, a shift in your mindset. That shift may give you the push you need to keep going.

I hope that these 7 inspirational leadership quotes can give you the upliftment that you need during this difficult time. You can also download and print the image quotes for use later when you need to pull from a place of strength.  

  1. "I think leadership is service, and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential."- Denise Morrison

This quote reminds us that leadership is a service. It’s not about a title or position. It’s about giving so that you can help others and motivate them to reach their fullest potential. By doing this we help to increase the number of people who can then lead...

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5 Tips To Maintaining a Healthy Mental Balance for Physician Leaders

Mar 28, 2020

Leaders, it's important for you to maintain a healthy mental attitude as you lead. If you are in a leadership role, you can become easily stressed if you are not adequately balancing all of your responsibilities. The daily workload can be overwhelming and in order to maintain the level of attentiveness and productivity you need as a leader, you must make sure that you're taking care of yourself. One of the ways you accomplish this is by making sure that you have a healthy mental balance.

Here are five tips you can start to incorporate into your day-to-day routine:

  1.  Make sure that you're getting an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep is very important for you to be able to put in the work that you do every day. It helps with mental sharpness. It helps you to be able to engage. It also helps us to ward off chronic diseases like obesity and high blood pressure. So getting an adequate amount of sleep is really, really important. So how many hours of sleep should you be getting a...
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5 Ways To Prepare For Physician Leadership

Oct 21, 2019

The healthcare system is rapidly changing and becoming more and more complex—and yet, the majority of the administrators and decision-makers are not the people who have the most influence in the lives of patients. They are not the people who have years of medical experience, who understand the challenges of caring for individuals, families, and communities. The current healthcare administration is comprised mostly of executives with no medical background. This often leads to hospitals and medical offices being managed with the primary objective to manage the bottom line. Physician leaders are essential to having a better healthcare system. Physician leaders know how to make communities healthy whilst being economical. Instead of being put in a box and limited to the singular role of seeing patients, physicians need to be encouraged to assume leadership roles such as medical director, chief medical officer, chief information officer, department chairs, and more.

Physician, or...

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When No One Understands Your Vision: Conquering The Voices of Doubt

Sep 27, 2019

What do you do when no one understands your vision? How do you conquer the voices of doubt and negativity? It’s a place I’m sure most of you are familiar with—when you have a vision when you have a goal, and no one seems to understand or support your idea. Perhaps you’re thinking of starting a new business or taking your organizational team to another level or in a different direction. It could be any shift or change that you're making in your life.

Sometimes the feeling that no one supports you or your vision can cause you to become paralyzed. It could stop you dead in your tracks and impede your progress, it could cause you to postpone your dreams.

Many of us could have experienced this in the early stages of our lives. As children, we dreamt big and let our imaginations run wild. But we also thought about all of the things we wanted to become and achieve when we grew up. There were most likely people who supported you and encouraged you to follow your...

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3 Skills You Need To Have As A Leader During Change

Sep 11, 2019

In today’s world, as we are going through changing and possibly challenging times, I believe there are three skills that you as a physician leader need to have. We all know that across all industries, especially healthcare industries are dealing with rapid change—structural change within their organizations, personnel change within the workforce, and strategical change within leadership. And with change comes the ability and the skillset to be able to successfully adjust to that change and help others with the transition alongside you.

The Art of Listening

The first skill that all leaders should have, and should master, is the art of listening. When we think about listening as a skill, we tend to oversimplify it and think of it as something we do every day and that should be expected of someone in a leadership position. But, in truth, there is an art and a skill to effective listening—listening to encourage growth within your team, listening to drive the...

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The 5 P's of Authentic Leadership: How to Show Up as Your True Self

May 28, 2019

"Leadership is a choice, not a position"-Stephen Covey

Leadership is a calling that is embraced as an act of service. It is a choice one makes in order to create change. When that choice is made you must show up as your true, authentic self. There are 5 qualities that an authentic leader must possess in order to create change in their organizations, transform the lives of their teams, and impact communities. 

No. 1 Purpose

What is your purpose as a leader? Why do you do what you do? What fuels you and drives you to foster change? What do you believe in? What energizes you? Who do you want to help? Without a purpose, without a why, the road to success becomes much harder. People will follow you and remain loyal because of your why not because of what you bring. Answering the above questions will bring clarity to your role. It will help you push past adversity. It will shape and transform your journey.

No 2. Personality

Your personality is what makes you unique. It is the...

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5 Self-Care Tips For Physician Moms to Jump Start Their Health and Prevent Burnout

Mar 04, 2019

According to research by the Mayo Clinic in 2016, there were 9 strategies presented to help prevent physician burnout. One of the strategies is to provide resources to help individuals promote self-care.

As much as we don’t want to admit it, there is some responsibility that we have for fighting back against burnout. As physicians, we are taught not to ask for help and to put the needs of others before our own. Women are guiltier of this as they are also caregivers for their family members and carry the bulk of the responsibilities at home.  Unless we break the cycle of putting our needs last, we are going to continue to see high rates of burnout and increased exodus from the field of medicine.

What is Self-Care?

We are conditioned to think that self-care is all about massages, yoga, meditation. It’s much more than that. It’s a commitment you make to yourself to take care of your mind, body, and spirit. Self-care is as necessary as the air you breathe, so...

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