important to you

What is important to you?

As a leader we must be true to what is important to you – here I reveal what that means to me.

In October 2020, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dr Vanessa Muirhead of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). This formed part of a series of Leadership Insights interviews which were recorded for the QMUL MSc/PGDip/PgCert in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership Course.

In this section of the interview, I was asked: “What have been the biggest lessons that you have learned as a leader?” Here is an extract from my response.

I’ve also learnt that it is important to take the time to become aware of your values, in other words what is important to you. One of my values attached to the way that I lead, is being proud. This means I take pride in my work and focus on gaining fulfilment from the role I am in and the work I produce. I strive and support others to deliver high professional standards. I am motivated to achieve results I can be proud of, and I gain satisfaction from achieving goals and striving to ensure the best possible outcome for all.

Since I became more aware of this, I now realise in hindsight, that during times in my career when I have felt lost or frustrated, a lot of the time this was down to me not being able to work on projects that were in line with my values and also sometimes this may also have been down to me working with people and organisations where our values didn’t match. These are things that I am now more aware of when I enter into working relationships.

If you would like to watch the full interview, it can be viewed at this link. The interview is split over three videos. In part one I talk about my leadership journey.  Part two covers the traits which I think make someone a good leader, and in part three I summarise the biggest lessons that I have learned as a leader.

On 10th June 2021 I will be co-hosting an online event – Leadership in Healthcare & Emotional Resilience: Lessons from COVID-19. This event forms part of the MSc/PG Diploma in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership course, QMUL (  A pre-event pack containing recorded presentations and further resources will be provided before the webinar. The event will be opened up to a limited number of external health sector delegates. Please contact Vanessa Muirhead for more information: [email protected]

During my 1-2-1 Executive Leadership Coaching Programme for health sector professionals, one of the six key areas we focus on is your core values. Values and cultural fit are critical to your engagement and satisfaction at work, helping you to be more productive, involved and interested. To find out more contact me to book a discovery call.

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