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The 5 resources at a leader’s disposal

by | Oct 2, 2018 | Leadership, Metta Musings | 0 comments |

What is your role as a leader?

It’s such a complicated, multilayered question that it’s almost silly to ask.  And yet, when I began taking on leadership positions, I quickly developed a straightforward, simple answer to that question.

I saw — and still see — my job as being a good steward of five resources at my disposal.  The only resources at my disposal:

  1. People’s time
  2. Money
  3. Space
  4. Equipment
  5. Good will

These resources are not all created equal.  I would argue that two far outweigh the others — people’s time and good will.  And there is only one that can be created de novo and renewed endlessly, and that’s good will.

Although all 5 resources can be exhausted, good will especially must be handled with care.

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A guidepost for decision-making

I have used this resource stewardship idea as a lens through which any request should be viewed, and I would consider requests in light of the whole set of resources, not just the one being requested.  You want funding for a new project?  That money could also go to necessary space or equipment purchases that may be more urgently needed or already promised.

I actually talked about this idea on the day I started took over as chair of an academic medical department.  I told the department how I would make decisions, and I promised to be upfront with them about my reasoning when I had to say no.

It wasn’t always easy, but it was a fair, open and honest way to make decisions that I think paid off.  Among other benefits, it can be a wonderful way to build good will.

This kind of transparency and clarity around resources is helpful for guiding your decisions as a leader, and for gaining buy-in for your decisions.  Your staff may not always like your decisions, but they will know why you’ve made them.

How do you see your role as a leader?

Are you a steward of resources, and does your list look different from mine?  Please let us know in the comments!

About Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCC:

Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCCSharon is an experienced executive and leadership coach who holds the credential of Professional Certified Coach awarded through the International Coach Federation. She has over 30 years of experience in academic medicine, as a clinician, educator, researcher and administrator. She has served as department chair and a division chief, in addition to practicing clinical family medicine for many years. In addition to her academic medicine credentials, she has completed formal training and certification as a professional coach. She is trained and certified in the administration of 360 assessments as well as other key psychological assessment instruments designed to support coaching services. She is particularly committed to helping self-reflective individuals and organizations become the best versions of themselves possible. Dr. Hull is an invited member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

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