March 7, 2012 — Fabrizio Mancini, DC, president of Parker University presented “Servant Leadership: Empower, Encourage, and Inspire” during an all-school Parker assembly. Mancini told the audience that the core foundation of chiropractic and Parker is service. He shared the importance of chiropractors being servant leaders.
“We are asked to serve as leaders within our practices, with our patients, within our families and communities each and every day,” said Mancini.
For years, Mancini has studied what it truly takes to be a servant leader. He explained key characteristics that a servant leader must encompass including the first characteristic of being an effective listener. He also advised the students to build on their listening and social skills while they’re students at Parker.
“Learn to really listen close to what people are telling you,” said Mancini. “If your patients aren’t talking enough, ask them questions.”
He described a servant leader as someone who also has the characteristics of having empathy and understanding. Mancini expressed the significance of having understanding for what patients are going through.
In addition, being solution driven and motivated to solve problems as well as being aware and observant were other traits he believes all leaders possess.
Mancini also spoke about the importance of leaders living and owning their message.
“When you own what you’re advising your patients it’s easy to persuade others and show others the benefits they will receive from living a healthier lifestyle,” said Mancini. “When you own it, it’s easier to share the message with others.”
He told the audience that good leaders are conceptual and see the big picture. He also believes that leaders must have long-term foresight.
“While you’re a student at Parker think ahead and come up with ideas that will allow you to build your practice after you graduate,” said Mancini. “Have the practice of your dreams in mind before you get out there and write down your ideas.”
Source: Parker University, parker.edu