Episode 547

The Five Leadership Characteristics of a Thriving Dentist

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: July 6, 2022 | Listening Time: 00:45:06

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What makes a good leader? It’s not an easy question to answer. However, successful leaders demonstrate leadership in their personal and professional lives, inspiring others to take action and set a course for future success.

While good leaders have a variety of styles and personalities, there are some traits that all great leaders share.

In this episode, Gary covers 5 leadership characteristics of a thriving dentist.

This episode also features a clinical tip from Christina Blacher on Secret to succeed with Invisalign.

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  • 00:00:23 – Introduction to the episode.
  • 00:00:45 – Announcement on the upcoming Masterclass.

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:02:54 – Secret to succeed with invisalign by Christina Blacher, DMD.

Coaching In Action

  • 00:09:30 – Gary talks about the 2 concepts of leadership.
  • 00:10:29 – Gary talks about the 5 leadership characteristics.
  • 00:12:33 – 1st Leadership Characteristic.
  • 00:15:29 – 2nd Leadership Characteristic.
  • 00:16:47 – 3rd Leadership Characteristic.
  • 00:18:39 – 4th Leadership Characteristic.
  • 00:24:09 – 5th Leadership Characteristic.

Q&A Segment

  • 00:26:52 – Question Number 1 – I am interested in improving my leadership skills. Can you suggest any books?
  • 00:31:32 – Question Number 2 – I’m working on defining my practice vision. I want to address numbers but not make numbers the focus. How can I strike a nice balance?
  • 00:36:22 – Question Number 3 – I have heard you talk about practice culture before and realize that my practice culture needs some work. Where is the best place to start?
  • 00:39:01 – Question Number 4 – As you are well aware we are all in a tight labor market in dentistry today.

I struggle with tolerating and accepting issues that come up with my team members knowing it may be very difficult to replace them. Your thoughts?


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Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs Gary became a successful practice owner by purchasing a fixer-upper practice and developing it into a world-class dental practice. He is passionate about sharing his hard-earned insights and experiences with dental practices across the globe.

As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.

More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!
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