Developing Leaders in the Workplace

Read Dr. Workman's latest business leadership blog on developing leaders in the workplace.
Mentor, lead by example and network to start developing yourself as a leader.

You always want your employees to continue developing, especially in their leadership qualities. You’ll never know when a task will come about where they’re needed to take charge and be a leader. This is why you should make an effort to turn your employees into leaders. Here are some of the things that I, Rick Workman, do in the workplace in order to develop leaders.
Act as a Mentor

We all know about the importance of continuing education, but sometimes the best form of continuing education is through a mentor. I always make it one of my priorities to act as a mentor to my employees. It’s not just a way to teach them useful on-the-job skills, but it’s also to instill within them positive qualities and traits, including the mindset of a leader.
Lead by Example
Possibly the most important thing you can do is lead by example. You can be a mentor and you can guide others, but none of that will matter if they don’t see that the person giving them that advice is getting results. When you’re a proactive and effective leader who’s on-the-ball and gets things done, that won’t just help rub off on them, but that will give your words credibility as well. When I’m in the workplace, I always make sure to give it my best and my employees will follow suit.
Encourage Them to Network
Networking can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many people and that’s understandable. However, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t provide many benefits. Forging connections and initiating conversations with strangers will help an employee develop confidence, in addition to being a great way to share knowledge and expertise. I allow my employees to network as often as possible, first within the company and then outside of it. It’s a great way to build your employees into leaders.
I encourage you to take these ideas into consideration and utilize them for your employees. You may just have the next batch of great leaders training under you!

Rick Workman, DMD

Founder, Former CEO and Active Chairman, Heartland Dental

Rick Workman, DMD, graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1980. After starting his own practice, he set out to create a world-class dental support organization that would relieve the management burden for dentists by offering them an array of non-clinical administrative support. Today, Heartland Dental is the largest dental support organization in the country. In addition to being the founder of Heartland Dental, he is also the past president of the Association of Dental Support Organizations. To read more about Dr. Rick Workman, click here