Authentic Leadership

Recently I have the opportunity to visit with many pharmacists that have had an impact on my career as mentors and as leaders I have admired.

Through the good times and the bad

Through the good times and the bad

I have had time to reflect a bit on why those mentors had such an impact on my life.

  1. Sincerity. The professors and practitioners that have helped me the most have been the ones who genuinely cared about me. They had nothing to gain from my success other than the joy of watching from the sidelines like a proud parent.
  2. Consistency. My mentors were there for me during the good times and bad. They were there when I was upset and needed to vent. Day in and day out I knew what I could expect from them.
  3. Humility. A few of my mentors are a really big deal. Not just to me, but to the world around them. Their families depend on them. Their employers profit from them. Their students learn by just being around them. Their peers respect the accomplishments and shower them with awards. However…my mentors want none of that. They didn’t become mentors to young people like me because they thought an award would be given (although to put up with me for long is deserving of some kind of an award).

These three things are not the glamorous and exciting qualities that usually come to mind when you hear the word “leader.” Yet without demonstrating these behaviors, I would have

never truly bought in and admired these people as I do today. I want to be an authentic leader and I believe my mentors have shown me the roadmap to get there. Right now…I’m not even close. My failures and mistakes to this point show that I’m not in the same room as my mentors, or even the same building.

What qualities do you admire most about the person or people you look up to?

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Joey Mattingly, PharmD, MBA is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy located in Baltimore, Maryland. Joey has managed retail and long-term care pharmacy operations in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Leading Over The Counter is a blog of Joey's views and opinions on the topics of pharmacy leadership and management and do not represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Joey can be followed on Twitter @joeymattingly.

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