Medical devices leaders everywhere have felt their leadership skills stretched to the limits this year.
The global pandemic has been a test for medical devices organisations, with teams working hard to provide equipment to supply health organisations, and of course, the leaders supporting their teams.
Without a vaccine, the unpredictable nature of the last few months is set to continue until we have a way of beating the virus. Until then, medical devices leaders and their teams must continue to deliver excellent results in what is essentially a challenging marketplace and environment.
As a leader, it is your job to steer the ship, but it is so much more than that. Being a medical devices leader means having to navigate the complex perspectives, skills, and challenges within your organisation.
This becomes an even more challenging task when you have been spending all of your time keeping the team afloat and neglecting to work on yourself, both professionally and personally.
Today, we look at how medical devices leaders can strengthen their teams by working on themselves first – not an easy thing for leaders to do in the middle of a pandemic.
1. Practice Discipline
It is understandable that things might have been working in a slightly more changeable manner than usual, in the months we have been going through the pandemic.
But during times of uncertainty – discipline is your no.1 tool to success.
Leading psychologists have studied people’s reaction to the pandemic
, and employing discipline came out as one of the best things leaders can do to alleviate pressure on their teams right now.
Instead of taking an approach of bracing for challenges and trying to solve problems as they happen, take a disciplined approach to leadership to strengthen and stabilise your team.
Now is the time to set new standards for our post-Covid world, to exhibit disciplined leadership both with your team and yourself. This could mean bringing forward yearly appraisals with your medical devices team, setting new goals and revisiting employee roles for the new normal.
It also means holding yourself accountable in making difficult decisions and creating stability in your and your team’s everyday tasks and routines.
2. Keep Learning
In times of change and uncertainty, training and development can be overlooked in favour of survival behaviours.
Many companies across the world have been affected by the Covid crisis. While medical device organisations are not generally contending with suffering revenues or redundancies, they too are going through times of change.
So this might mean in your medical devices organisation, training and development have been shelved in order to meet growing demand and tighter deadlines – it’s understandable.
But crisis or no crisis, the best way to becoming a better leader is to always keep learning as a central part of your ethos, both for your team and for yourself. The best leaders know that there is always room to learn, to grow and improve, so now should be a time to focus on learning.
Senior lecturer and principal research scientist for workforce learning with the MIT George Westerman said recently
, “We don’t know what the future looks like, we only know it’s going to be different from the way it is now. We don’t want to just train skills, we want to train people to be able to be resilient, to be able to adapt, to be able to help to drive that change forward over time.”
Continue to train and develop both yourself and your team, even when you feel like there is ‘no time’ for learning – find a way to make time.
3. Holding Yourself Accountable
Personal accountability is something which even the best medical devices leaders can struggle with; it is not easy to see ourselves as part of a problem that might be happening in your organisation.
But for excellent leadership through the current situation, it is essential that you take personal accountability for your input into the team, including if certain things aren’t going right.
Accountability is about being resilient and honest. If there is a problem in your team, take the following steps of accountability to solve it -
- Actively be on the lookout for challenges, rather than burying your head in the sand.
- Be honest with yourself about what the problem is and take a positive approach to solve it.
- Hold yourself personally accountable for monitoring the problem and coming up with solutions until it has been solved.
And these problems can occur anywhere in your medical devices team. It could be an issue with supply chain and logistics; it could be a health and wellbeing issue with a team member; it could be an HR dispute.
Leaders who do not back down from issues – no matter how complex – will always garner support and respect from their team, strengthening your medical devices organisation during this business-critical time.
Sometimes, in order to build a better team, you need to bring in new talent, and that’s where we can help.
We help Medical Devices organisations in the Middle East find the right talent for their team to grow effortlessly. We can help you with all aspects of recruitment, from helping you understand what it is your medical devices organisation needs to creating roles and sourcing talent.
Get in touch with us today today to discuss your medical device staffing needs, call us on +971 (0)4 442 0921 or contact us via email here
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