Therapists lead their clients towards a goal. Therapists also set examples for other caregivers and family members. Music therapists advocate for our clients and our profession – yet another way we are leaders.
Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership.
Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example.
- Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members/caregivers on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
- Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
- Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
- Acknowledge failure. Some approaches don’t work with every client. It makes it OK for your team/the caregiver to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.
- Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your work, your company or team.
- Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team/the caregivers for more.
- Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
- Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths. Be specific on the ways caregivers can effectively utilize music between sessions.
- Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced therapist (mentally and physically) is a successful therapist. Model it for your team or the client’s caregivers. Encourage it, support it!
- Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness through quality service and work.
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