One of the many privileges of advancing in your career is taking on more leadership responsibility. Many of you, at one point in the early part of your career, probably will be approached to be in charge of something, some people, or a project. My advice is to take advantage of any such opportunity.
Taking on a leadership role earlier in your career will help you plan and become ready for more leadership roles as your career progresses—whether as a physician leader, division head, lab director, or researcher.
Leadership may be natural to some, but it can easily be learned, practiced, and honed as a key skill that will only further enable you in your career. In a way, just by being a physician, you are one of the “leaders” in each patient’s care.