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How to Be a Good Leader

The Top 3 Reasons Dentists Affiliate With a DSO

The Top 3 Reasons Dentists Affiliate With a DSO


Dental Support Organizations (DSOs) support roughly 7% of all dentists in the U.S. today. Still, many dentists are afraid that getting outside help will mean either a loss of control of their practice, or a more impersonal feel . So, why do dentists affiliate with a DSO...

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When you’re setting goals in the workplace, achieving these will usually come down to one thing: a good leader. Leaders in dental practice management are the backbone of an operation; a good leader can inspire a team to do more than they thought possible. While a leader needs to be many things to be successful, here are just a few of the most important traits to have.


To make your team believe in you, the first thing you have to do is make them believe that you believe in yourself. Confidence in yourself will inspire the best efforts from others. Part of this job as a leader is to maintain a cool and collected nature, always believing the best for the company even when things are looking dire.


Similar to confidence, it’s important to display enthusiasm in order to inspire your team. People are more likely to give a better effort and respond in a more positive manner when you’re more enthusiastic and energetic. You’re not just meant to be a leader, but a motivator as well.


Asking the best out of your team is a hard task. Asking the best out of your team when you’re not giving it your all is impossible. Commitment trickles down and the surest way to get your team to give it their best effort is by doing so yourself.


Communication is critical when you’re setting goals in the workplace. While your goal is always crystal clear to yourself when you’re thinking it through, it may be a little hazy when you’re trying to explain it to someone else. The art of communication is a vital trait; without it, your team may not be able to work together toward the same goal.

This is just a sampling of traits that good leaders have. But don’t just aspire to be good – aspire to be great! Great leaders have all these qualities and a plethora of other positive traits as well.





Dr. Rick Workman 

Founder & Executive Chairman, Heartland Dental