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As physicians, we are looked up to and expected to be leaders – leaders of our teams, leaders within the hospital, and even leaders within the community.  There are a variety of things we can do to help ourselves become better leaders including listening, respecting others and their ideas, and slowing down for self-reflection and mindfulness.

Self-reflection can help one improve efficiency and productivity.  Fifteen minutes of daily self-reflection can help one become a better leader, mother, father, and spouse.  Here are some daily questions to ask on a drive home, during a walk, before bed, or another available time.

1.    What did I say I was going to do today in ALL dimensions of my life?
2.    What did I actually do today?
3.    What am I proud of?
4.    What am I NOT proud of?
5.    How did I lead people?
6.    How did I follow people?
7.    If I could live today over again, what would I do differently?
8.    Based on what I learned today, what will I do tomorrow in ALL dimensions of my life?
(Adapted from harrykraemer.org)

Take the time to enjoy 15 minutes of quiet solitude to understand oneself better and improve.

Kim Furry, MD
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