Leading with civility: Part 2 of 4Oct 28, 2021
(Over the next two months, I’ll be sharing a series of posts on the topic of civility.)
In the last post, we established the importance of workplace civility, especially in the clinical setting.
I recall in my clinical clerkship days (some three decades ago) we student interns were nicknamed EBUs—Ego-Building Units. It seemed everyone from the staff physician to the residents, nurses, and even janitors could somehow stomp on our fragile, ignorant selves to help themselves feel better.
Self-pity aside, it‘s high time that we as medical leaders reshaped our work culture that might otherwise be marked as top-down, cold, unforgiving, or even toxic.
Without rewriting policies and protocols, a simple step to foster civility is to practice valuing and appreciating your team members, regardless of their rankings:
- Work—respect the wisdom of those who are closest to the specific portion of the work
- Roles—appreciate the importance of everyone’s unique contribution, no matter how big or small they may seem.
- Time—consistently honour their most precious resource, aka being punctual!
- Skills—demonstrate that you trust them and their ability to get the job done
- Humanity—connect personally, recognizing their effort openly, and show grace when they underperform. Every mistake or error is a great learning opportunity!
Remember: “We are defined by how we treat each other”.
How will your team be defined?