Leading others can come with its own set of unique challenges and it’s worth it to spend the time learning some of the tricks of the trade to become effective.

Ken Blanchard’s model of situational leadership stands as one example.1 Taking on the responsibility for getting results produced through a group of people is certainly different than being an individual contributor.

At minimum, results are measured based on the bottom-line success of the business and achieving financial results. In this era of a highly mobile workforce and the ever present “gig” economy, simply getting financial results is not a long enough yardstick. Leaders in all forms of business, including the business of physical therapy, are called to create more than financial results if the business is to survive and thrive. The measuring stick of results now includes creating environments where employees can experience levels of well-being while getting their work done. Never has the challenge for leaders been greater, and this holds true in our own profession where the demands of providing care must align with the demands of rules and regulations.


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