Leadership In Physical Therapy

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Definition: Leadership is a role that involves establishing a clear and common vision, sharing/communicating that vision with others so that they will follow willingly, providing the information, knowledge, and methods to realize that vision, and coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all involved. • “Establishing a clear and common vision.” I believe that a leader is someone who is moving others forward and to do so, one needs to have a clear vision. If you don’t know where you want to end up, how are you ever going to get there? A clear vision or goal is imperative. To add to the clear vision, I really think that the vision not only needs to be clear, but common. If a majority of followers do not agree or feel that said plan is right for them, then either nothing will get done or change will happen and there will be widespread unrest. A good physical therapist establishes a clear and common vision with the patient by asking questions and figuring out short and long term goals for the patient’s rehabilitation. • “Sharing/communicating that vision so that others will follow willingly.” Being able to communicate with others, especially with those who are following you, is one of the most important facets of being a leader. If a leader can’t speak to their people and explain what it is that they want to happen or what they want to do to help the people, they really can’t be much of a leader. If that vision or goal isn’t communicated clearly or correctly, the chances of getting anyone on board to support it are slim to none. Words are some of the most powerful tools that any leader has, and if a leader doesn’t know how to use them, there is no way they can even begin to be effective. More often than not, getting the patient motivated to rehab and recover doesn’t take much effort, but in some cases it is necessary and a physical therapist
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