Leadership Series


Presented by: Frank Cusimano, AZCOM, Louisa Sethi, NYITCOM and Tim Lemaire, COSGP National First Vice Chair

Written by: Jordan F. Geroski, OU-HCOM

Congratulations, you are on your way to becoming an Osteopathic physician!  In that role you will have the unique ability to save lives and work with others to improve their own on the path to finding health.  Along with this great privilege and responsibility comes the inevitability that others will look to you as a leader.  We all have attributes of leadership within us, whether we choose to exercise them routinely or not.  To help unlock this full potential, members of the Leadership Committee put together a series of presentations on effective leadership and communication.  The first part of the series focused on knowing oneself, communication, and finding opportunities to lead and grow in the most unlikely of places.

Be Engaged

  • You can always learn something new!
  • Teaching other is the best way to learn
  • Being a leader sometimes requires you to step outside of your comfort zone, especially when facing new challenges.
  • We all have four sides of our personality and how we see ourselves
    • Known self – the self we know and actively share with others
    • Hidden self – the self which we keep hidden from others
    • Blind self – the self which other people see. This self is not always evident to us but is rather the way in which we come across to others.
    • Unknown self – this self is yet to be seen. It encompasses the self we are currently shaping and will become.
  • “What got you where you are today, won’t get you where you want to be tomorrow.” Remember to take time to check-in with yourself and be present in what you are doing.

Persuasive Communication & Getting Your Message Across

  • Winning over difficult crowds
    • Know your audience and understand their goals and desires
    • What is your intended message? Explain why you message matters to that particular audience
    • Find common ground
    • Set expectations
    • Expect resistance
      • Acknowledge opposing points of view
      • Anticipate and prepare for questions
    • Making your message powerful
      • Have a clear message
      • Be prepared and know your topic inside and out
      • Be truthful
      • Be passionate about your message and believe in it
      • Have confidence
      • Practice and prepare ahead of time
      • Keep it simple and lose the jargon
      • Engage your audience
        • Ask for input
        • Make your audience care about your message and what you have to say
        • End powerfully

Leadership Lessons in Unlikely Places

  • Lead intentionally! Have a goal, a strategy to get there, and the tools you will need in order to be successful.
  • Have the ability to see the possibility in things that others may see as trash
  • “We” will always be greater than “I”
  • As a leader, you need to recognize people that have the spark of hope in them. Encourage them and help them reach their potential as well.