As a veterinarian, you are always striving to help people and their pets with the trials of life. That’s a lot of responsibility, a lot of work, and a lot of time dedicated to a life-long passion of humanitarianism and being the best that you can be.

Whether you own a practice or simply work for one, leadership skills are vital to any successful venture and within the medical industry take a forefront of priority.

After all, your ability to succeed within the workplace is your client’s peace of mind that their fluffy little friend is going to be okay. These are some of the top leadership skills the best veterinarians have.


Veterinary Leadership Skills

Being a Role Model

“There is no “I” in team” but there is a “me”.

Sometimes you just have to be that person… That one person to speak up when they see something wrong, that one person to walk the extra mile. You’re not showing anyone up by being a role model. Actually your making the quality of life for your clients all that much better. This is especially important for those that plan to, or currently do own a practice.

Your peers will often look to you for what is and is not acceptable within the workplace, so putting the right foot forward can make all the difference in how smooth your practice operates.


Chin Up and Smile!

An often unappreciated aspect of leadership comes from basic mood and demeanor. Yes, everyone has those days…

And although we would like to pretend that every day of work is sunshine and rainbows, we all know that’s not always true. But even if you’re having a bad day or if work is straining you out, you should try to keep your chin up and smile! Studies have shown that emotions are prone to spread between people, especially from those of seniority down the ladder.

As a practitioner or practice owner you can make the day all the better by staying positive and friendly with your peers. More over, psychology is on your side as these same studies show that positive and friendly emotions are often more contagious than their less than productive counterparts.


Be Open To Change

Change is a must for any business and for anyone trying to improve their own life. For veterinarians this makes change a must for good veterinary leadership. A good leader shouldn’t just identify problems, but should try to find ways to fix them. And where no such problems exist should be trying to find ways to improve the quality of the workplace every inch at a time.

For practice owners this can mean a variety of things such as establishing better communications or organization system. This can also come with the job, as good leaders tend to be open to hearing people out. For employees, this can be as simple as giving your peers an extra hand or reporting problems to management as they appear


Know Your Strengths

As a leader you should know your own strengths and the strengths of your peers. Good leaders know who to relegate tasks to and when. They also know when to step back and let others handle stuff for them, because even as a leader, you can’t always be the best at everything.

For aspiring practice owners this will mean knowing what role each person within your team will play and picking the right administrators to oversee stuff that you may not be able to.