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Becoming the Leader You would Like to Follow

As the new Chief Operating Officer of TaraVista Behavioral Health Center, I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to connect with my team during a recent Women’s History Month discussion. This event was important to me as it provided a chance to offer extra support to my colleagues as I transitioned into my new role as Hospital Administrator/Chief Operating Officer earlier this year.

As a leader, I always keep in mind that the success of my team and organization is tied to the quality of my day to day actions. Leaders at all levels of the organization have the power to create a positive and supportive work environment that fosters growth, development, and success for everyone. So, I always strive to be the kind of leader that I would respect.

During our discussion, we had the pleasure of hearing from Lea Ann Scales, Vice President of Enrollment and Public Affairs at Mount Wachusett Community College. Scales shared her insights on leadership and emphasized the importance of supporting one another in a journey that is equally professional and personal.

As women in healthcare, we are faced with a unique set of challenges that can make our jobs both rewarding and difficult. We put aside the stressors of family life and other key responsibilities, such as self-care and education, to care for our patients who need our undivided attention. Lea Ann emphasized, “No one does it alone.” She encouraged attendees to connect with admired leaders to garner their lessons learned in juggling so many competing priorities.

Another important aspect of leadership is to be open to new opportunities and to take advantage of them as they arise. This could mean taking on a new project, stepping into a new role, or pursuing further education or training. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and take risks. As Lea Ann counseled us, there’s never a “right time” for career growth – it’s up to you to seize the opportunities that come your way.

Finally, it’s important to remember that feeling overwhelmed or challenged can be an opportunity to expand your comfort zone and develop new skills. Embrace these challenges and use them as an opportunity to grow and learn.

The event brought together over 600 years of patient care leadership experience, highlighting the significant impact women have in improving the lives of others at TaraVista and in the community. I believe that events like this are crucial for building relationships, developing skills, and sharing experiences. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a meaningful discussion, and I look forward to supporting and celebrating women in healthcare both at TaraVista and beyond.

Sheila Crowley
Chief Operating Officer, TaraVista Behavioral Health Center