List of Leadership Traits of a Surgeon

Good leadership is a corner stone to achieve expected results in a surgical unit, be it any specialty. Here in this article i am writing few characteristics which a good leader in the surgical department always possesses.

  • Always keeps in mind the larger interest of the institution
  • Ability to motivate others to achieve best outcome for patient
  • Cooperative: Collaborative working to achieve results
  • Persisting: Drives for results
  • Empowering others
  • Effective communication skills and ability to delegate
  • Empathy
  • Mutual Respect
  • Drive for improvement: Seizing the Future, leads change through people,
  • Inspires Followership
  • Self-aware of his emotions
  • Self-belief
  • Self-discipline/management
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Aware of Yerkes Dodson Model

  •  Giddings A., Williamson C. The Leadership and Management of Surgical Teams [monograph online]. The Royal College of Surgeons of England; June 2007 [cited 2012 May 31]. Available from:

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