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.

  1. 10 ways to leadTake responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members/caregivers on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
  1. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
  1. Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team/the caregivers for more.
  1. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
  1. 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.
  1. 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!
  1. 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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