The owner of a physical therapy practice is typically responsible for the management of the practice but this does not make them a leader. A manager is someone who is process driven while a leader inspires, energizes, and motivates. Many of us are probably content just managing; however, those who wish to lead need to be trained. We, as physical therapists, are educated to serve our clients. If we have the privilege to be in a leadership role, I feel we should aspire to be servant leaders and be educated in this process. Most experts in leadership believe that leaders are made, not born. Only a recognized leader who can “walk the talk” can develop other leaders. This has two obvious implications for those of us in a position to positively lead staff in our physical therapy practices. First, we must fervently strive to improve our leadership skills by modeling ourselves after those who excel in leading and then by becoming a role model for our staff.
In the middle of my second year as chair of the Membership Committee, although I find our section to be approaching the membership numbers of 2012, I recognize that growth over the last six years has been relatively flat.
I found it applicable that this month’s issue is on leadership because as I sit here to write this, I am preparing for camp!