By Dana Jacoby
Keep Pushing Forward
Healthcare leadership requires unique traits, such as technical expertise, and personal qualities, such as adaptability, resilience, and a growth mindset. When you have a growth mindset, you believe that humans constantly adapt and evolve and can become more innovative and skilled by putting in the work.
Below are five techniques for developing a growth mindset in healthcare leadership:
Embrace Learning Opportunities
Embracing learning opportunities boosts your abilities, inspires new ideas, and makes you a more confident professional. Therefore, healthcare leaders should seek opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills through training, mentorship, and professional development programs. They should also encourage their teams to do the same.
View Failures as Learning Opportunities
Failures and setbacks are inevitable in any field, including healthcare. However, healthcare leaders should view these experiences as learning opportunities rather than as signs of incompetence or inadequacy. Instead, use failures to reflect on what went wrong, what you can do differently, and how to improve.
Focus on Growth Rather Than Fixed Outcomes
Often, we judge our performance in anything based on the outcome. However, you should find joy in the journey and learning process and don’t attach yourself to the end result of a project or task. By focusing on growth, healthcare leaders can encourage their teams to take risks, try new approaches, and learn from their experiences.
Encourage a Culture of Continuous Improvement
It is easy for a workplace community to become stagnant if you don’t set goals or encourage a sustainable organizational improvement culture. Create an environment fostering learning and development, where everyone feels empowered to contribute ideas and insights. Doing so can help your teams embrace the growth mindset and build a culture of innovation and excellence.
Everyone at your facility, from the head surgeon to the coffee-fetching interns, should want to hear from their colleagues. Feedback can be an invaluable tool for growth and development, as it can help leaders identify areas to improve and build upon. Leaders can create an open, transparent culture that values continuous learning and improvement by seeking honest criticism.
Techniques for Developing a Growth Mindset
- Attend conferences, seminars, and other professional development events to expand your knowledge and skills
- Seek mentors and coaches who can guide and support your professional growth
- Create opportunities for your team members to learn and grow through training programs, job rotations, or stretch assignments
- Use failure as a learning opportunity rather than a sign of weakness or incompetence
Vector Medical Group supports the development of a growth mindset in healthcare leadership. That’s why we offer a range of staffing solutions to help healthcare organizations find talent that can assimilate and help grow a thriving culture.