What Type of Leader Are You?
Collaborative Leaders Advocates of collaborative
I was recently accepted into the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership program, class of 2019–2020. I amhonored to be a part of this great program. This position gives me additional insight and resources to design community outreach programs within our community. Strong leadership is crucial in any community, and I have been thinking about what it means to be a leader and how leadership is defined. The following article, courtesy of Prosperity Dental Solutions, defines different types of leadership styles. We all lead differently, but some strategies are stronger than others. When it comes tomanagement and leadership styles within a dental office, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Certain leadership styles lend themselves better to smaller offices, for example, while a top-down approachmay work better for others. When examining which leadership style works best for your clinic, it’s worth exploring the pros and cons of several more prevalent options. Take a look: The Authoritarian Leader Collaboration isn’t high on an authoritarianmanager’s agenda. These micromanagers tend to prefer strict, hierarchical chains of command. They also tend to dislike questioning. When there’s a crisis, this model can be highly effective, though. But over the long term, authoritarian leaders may sow discontent and resentment among colleagues. The Strategic Leader Strategic managers are goal-oriented. They focus on the big picture and communicate that vision to others. Any long-term vision requires buy-in fromworkers, so these visionaries tend to seek honest feedback from cohorts and empower workers to effect change that is in line with the dental office’s strategic vision. If your clinic needs tomake substantial changes over the course of a year or more, this leadership style can serve that goal well. Transformational Leaders These leaders are agile. They understand that running any business, dental clinic or otherwise, requires flexibility and a willingness to adopt new ideas and technologies. This leadership style may work well inmedicine, where innovation and change are omnipresent realities. Transformational leaders may cause resentment with workers who are set in their ways, though. Types of Leadership Styles
leadership understand that no one person is right 100% of the time. Teamwork is another hallmark of collaborative-mindedmanagers. A dentist or senior nurse needs to knowwhen tomake an executive decision for this leadership approach to work best.
This article was adapted from Jennifer Pearce, Prosperity Dental Solutions (817) 975-4576
Administrative-Minded Leaders Type A personalities are prevalent among these process-driven individuals. Following rules can be great when insurance forms need to be filed, but this leadership style doesn’t allow for much creativity or flexibility. Good Parent Management Style Dental clinics often boast about their“family-friendly”approach to oral health care, and with good reason. Tomaintain a successful business, dental offices need to serve children, teens, adults, and the elderly. That family-friendly ethos can also be used within a dental office’s work culture. Good parent-styledmanagers treat hygienists and other staffers like family. When workers feel genuinely cared about, they tend to feel loyal to a company. Which leadership styleworks best for your clinic? It is important to remember that nomember of a dental teamhas to be any one type of leader all the time. In fact, the best leaders knowwhen to adapt their behavior to best fit the situation or task at hand. If there is a disciplinary action that needs to be taken (to address a chronically late employee, for example), an authoritarian approachmay achieve the best results. When a clinic is preparing to grow a customer base in order to be able to afford a larger office, strategic leadershipmay be called for. Most management professionals agree that collaboration is a good thing for any business.
–Y. Cathy Hung, DDS, Dip. ABOMS
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Founder, Morning Glory Women Dentists Network of New Jersey
Meet the External Advisory Board
Dr. Maxine Feinberg Dr. Maxine Feinberg, a Cranford, New Jersey-based periodontist, was elected on November 2013 to serve as president-elect of the American Dental Association. She served for four years as the Fourth District trustee of the American Dental Association.
A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, she served as president of the Tufts Dental Alumni Association in 2004. She was general chair of Yankee Dental Congress in 2011 after chairing many of the core committees. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American Academy of Dental Science. Dr. Emily Letran Dr. Emily Letran is a serial entrepreneur, CEO of multiple dental practices, and private coach to many professionals. As an
Dr. Feinberg graduated from New York University (NYU) College of Arts and Sciences in 1977 and NYU’s College of Dentistry in 1980. She returned to NYU after her residency in anesthesiology and started working as a general dentist to complete her certificate in periodontics in 1984. Dr. Feinberg is a past president of the New Jersey Dental Association and the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry, where she served for nine years. She has been a delegate in both the ADA and New Jersey Dental Associations House of Delegates (NJDA). She initiated the New Jersey Give Kids A Smile campaign for 2002 and 2003. She is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Feinberg has served on the ADA Audit Committee for four years and was elected chair for 2012–2013. She has served as the BOT Liaison to CAPIR and CODA for the ADA. She was an ex-officio member to the Special Committee on Financial Affairs and a member of the CODA Monitoring Committee. Dr. Feinberg has served as a delegate to FDI for four years. Dr. Janis Moriarty Janis Moriarty, DMD has been practicing
international speaker, she has been on TEDx and shared stages with countless business leaders, including Sharon Lechter (co-author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad”), Dan Clark (Hall of Fame speaker), Dr. Howard Farran (Dental Town), and Linda Miles (“the ultimate mentor of dentistry”). She
has been featured on Dental Town, Global Woman, and See Beyond magazines. She is a contributing writer
for Dentistry IQ and Dentistry Today. Dr Letran is the founder of Exceptional Leverage Inc., ACTION to WIN seminars, and the author of several books.
If you’d like to speak to Dr. Letran about her interest in speaking events, guest appearances, high-performance coaching, consulting, or marketing strategies, please contact her by email at email@example.com or by phone at 626-808-5762. Dr. Heidi Bridget Kohltfarber
Dr. Heidi Bridget Kohltfarber is the owner and managing oral and maxillofacial radiologist for Dental Radiology Diagnostics and a Dentsply Sirona 3D trainer. In addition, she is an adjunct professor in the department of diagnostic sciences at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She received her D.D.S. degree from Loma Linda University in 2003, and in 2012, she received her master’s degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her master’s research compared 2D versus 3D radiography in the
general dentistry since 1994 and maintains a family general practice outside of Boston. She is heavily involved in many dental organizations and is the incoming president of the MA Dental Society (MDS) as well as the secretary/treasurer of the ADA First Trustee District. She was the inaugural chair of the MDS Women’s Leadership Task Force, was in the MDS’s first class of guest board
members, and served as district trustee for six years before becoming assistant secretary, secretary, and vice president of MDS. Janis is now the President of the Massachusetts Dental Society. She was a member of the 2017–2018 class of the ADA’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership, where her individual project was Read, Lead, Succeed: a Facebook- based book club in leadership and personal development for women dentists.
treatment planning of root canal-treated teeth with apical radiolucencies. In 2017, Dr. Kohltfarber received her Ph.D. in diagnostic imaging with an emphasis in craniofacial radiology at King’s College London, focusing on the validation and diagnostic efficacy of 3D surface models in dentistry and temporomandibular joints.
Dr. Neeti Gupta Dr. Gupta is a board certified pediatric/adult allergy and immunology specialist. She completed her specialty fellowship training in
Lisa Lieberman-Wang Lisa Lieberman-Wang is a leading expert on neuroscience and human psychology. She is the No. 1 bestseller of the book “Fine to Fab,” the co- founder of NAP Coaching Academy, and a success strategist. She’s been featured regularly on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and The CW to help people break through the barriers that weigh them down to avoid years of shame, blame, and therapy.
pediatric/adult allergy and immunology at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She completed a course in primary immune deficiency disorders sponsored by the Clinical Immunology Society during
Lisa is no stranger to self-sabotage; she spent 13 years dealing with depression, eating disorders, and sexual abuse and now has 25 years in teaching others how to stop. Lisa has coached thousands of highly successful business leaders and managers in their leadership roles, relationships, success, and mindset. As a professional
her fellowship. Dr. Gupta presented and co-authored a variety of allergic/ immunologic research topics and case reports at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) national meetings. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2004. Dr. Gupta graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2001, and completed her B.A. in biological sciences and journalism and the mass media from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1996. Dr. Gupta is currently on staff at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. She is also a member of the AAAAI, ACAAI, and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Seby Jacob
speaker, she’s trained over 125,000 entrepreneurs in person over the last 25 years on wellness, leadership, sales, and marketing strategies to grow themselves, their businesses, and their minds. Executives and entrepreneurs choose to work with Lisa because she’s not just a one-trick pony; she’s a true business leader. She has led countless professionals to multimillion-dollar businesses, including herself. She has helped businesses owners and executives double, triple, and even dectuple their revenue.
Valerie L. Howe, Esq Valerie received her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law and a subsequent masters of law in taxation fromWilliam and Mary Law School. She joined Mason, Griffin & Pierson in 1991 as an associate after practicing law with a private law firm before following a distinguished career as a lieutenant in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where she served as both a prosecutor and defense
Dr. Seby Jacob, MD is the medical director of the Princeton Wound Care Center. In this role, she leads a team of wound
care specialists in offering cutting-edge treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues, and
biosynthetics, to treat chronic and nonhealing wounds. Prior to joining Princeton Wound Care, Dr. Jacob served as medical director for
counsel. Valerie is the chair of the firm’s estates and trusts practice group, and she oversees the firm’s estate administration department. Valerie’s practice is focused on federal and state estate tax planning, wills, trusts designed to protect children and other beneficiaries, special needs trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills, medical powers of attorney, digital asset planning, and assisting executors with the administration of estates. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Mercer County Estate Planning Council; and Mercer County, Virginia state and American Bar Associations.
The Wound Care Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, where she provided specialized wound care and supervised hyperbaric oxygen treatments.
Dr. Jacob received her medical degree from State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, and a clinical pathology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
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INSIDE This Issue
What Type of Leader Are You? PAGE 1
Meet the Board of Directors PAGES 2–3
You Are Invited to Happy Hour! PAGE 4 Send a request to join us on our new Facebook group“The Talented Dentists.”This group is open to men and women dentists everywhere!
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You are invited to join the Morning Glory Women Dentists Network of New Jersey on Wednesday, Sept. 18, for the Morning GloryWomen
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Morning Glory Women Happy Hour
Spend the evening enjoying cocktails, eating hors d’oeuvres, networking, shopping, and reveling in the company of your peers in the heart of downtown Princeton at Palmer Square. Suggested entry is $20. Feel free to bring your dental colleagues, too! It will be a beautiful evening you won’t want to miss!
Wednesday, Sept. 18 6 p.m. Highbar Boutique 7 Palmer Square West, Princeton, NJ
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