Key Things I’ve Learned In My Leadership Journey

by Shane Power, President of Watertree Health 

I’ve gained many key insights as President of Watertree Health® over the past 6 years. For example, in order to improve, it’s important to be constantly evaluating yourself, your team, and your goals. One of my mottos is, “plan, do, check, adjust.” Sticking to a plan will keep you organized, but sometimes you need to check in to make sure everything is going as designed. If not, adjust the approach to continue making progress. Here are some other helpful tips I’ve picked up along my leadership journey.

1. No one can want it more than you do. 

Part of being a team leader is staying focused. You have to bring the best version of yourself to work every day. I can’t expect any of my employees to want my company to succeed more than I do. Being a leader means being the biggest and loudest cheerleader.

2. Never lose sight of your community. 

Watertree Health wouldn’t be where it is today without the strength of our reps–many have been with us for over 4 years, and we’re so grateful for their passion and commitment to helping people in their communities. We must also recognize the importance of our nonprofit relationships, which allow us to further impact the work we do at the local level. 

3. Set reachable goals. 

Trying to do too much at once can distance you from your goals. It’s important to focus on no more than 3 things that can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. This approach helps break down larger goals that can seem overwhelming. Remember: “plan, do, check, adjust.”

4. Passion and profit are not mutually exclusive.

In our case, passion leads to profit. Our most successful “model rep” is mission-driven and motivated to help others. We tie our donations directly to our profits–every time someone saves money on a prescription, we make a donation. When the company succeeds, our partners benefit, giving more meaning to our successes. 

5. Stay active! 

When the stresses of daily life take their toll, I still seek refuge in the gym. I know that I’m a better leader when I can come to the table with a “clean slate.” For me, this means a daily workout combining cardio and weights. The less stress I have, the better I lead.

Another key thing I’ve learned over the years is you should always be open to new ideas and seeking ways to grow as a leader. Not only will this help you to continue to achieve success, it will keep your life interesting.