Becker’s Spine Review recently published an addition to their Ask Spine Surgeon series, in which they asked: Passion, dedication, confidence & more: What kinds of traits make great spine leaders? Check out what our own Dr. Richard Kube had to say, below.
Richard Kube, MD, Founder, CEO, Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.): Dr. Kube is the founder of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute and Prairie Surgicare.
Leadership in general, implies there are folks following. You must inspire people to follow you if you are to lead. Confidence is important, but not to the point of arrogance. Be willing to do anything you ask of others. Set a good example. Have an appropriate blend of positive and negative reinforcement. Mentor those you lead and help show them what is important in your message and goals. Use encouraging language elements to motivate others to build self-esteem and confidence. I could go on as there are thousands of books on the topic, but these are principles I adhere to daily.