“I know I blow up and get angry. I am protective about my patients and the physicians in my department and I can’t help myself.”
Dr. Leonard was one of my coaching clients, a surgeon who had left a trail of destruction by his combative style everywhere – the operating room, staff meetings and medical executive meetings.
“I’m a leader in my surgical specialty. People expect me to be forceful.”
I asked, “What do you look for in a good leader?”
“I want someone who listens to me, who looks at all options without stuffing his solution down my throat. I want someone who is calm, thoughtful and . . .”
After a long pause I heard “Oh.” (more…)