The Differences Between a Manager and a Leader

Dentist and staff in backgroundHere at CTC National, we are often asked how to successfully grow a dental practice. One of the simplest questions to ask yourself when trying to grow your dental practice is this: am I a manager or a leader? As a dentist who owns a practice, we understand that you must wear many hats. You need to provide your patients with excellent dental care, deal with any staff issues and day-to-day tasks, while still finding time to run the business side of your practice.

One way to make things simpler for yourself is to become a strong leader for your team. Below are a few of the differences between managers and leaders:

Managers

  • Are a copy
  • Administer
  • Maintain
  • Focus on structure and systems
  • Have a short-term view
  • Need control
  • Ask “how,” and “when”
  • Focus on the bottom line
  • Settle for the status quo
  • Do things right

Leaders

  • Are an original
  • Innovate
  • Develop
  • Focus on people
  • Have a long-term view
  • Inspire trust
  • Ask “what,” and “why”
  • Focus on the horizon
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Do the right thing

Very rarely is someone born a leader. Becoming a leader takes guidance, dedication, and grit! Here at CTC National, we provide personalized dental consulting that will benefit you, your dental practice, and your entire team.

To learn more about how to improve your dental practice today, please contact CTC National.

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