The best place to start any behavioral change effort is with a baseline assessment of where one’s strengths and most serious developmental needs lie.

A multi-source assessment process, often referred to as “360-degree feedback,” is a concept foreign to most physicians, but one that is frequently used in business to help people develop their personal leadership and interpersonal skills. The process uses a questionnaire to provide feedback to an individual about his or her work-related behavior (not technical performance). This feedback comes from Collegues, peers, coworkers, supervisor, subordinates, team members and others who work with the doctor who needs to get serious about undertaking a personal leadership development effort.