I’ve heard other pharmacists tell me that I’m lucky.

Lucky to have techs that step up as leaders and do more than their jobs call for.

Lucky to have a staff pharmacist that acts like a pharmacy manager.

Lucky to have a great work culture and work/life balance.

Luck has nothing to do with it.

Being a leader is a choice.

Every day, my team chooses to think and act like leaders because they are responsible for their own personal and professional development.

What have I really done?

I’m just their cheerleader.

I’m all about the pom poms and high fives.

But my secret to fostering a culture of ownership and leadership is simple:

You have to be fully engaged and present in order to witness the miracle moments.

Just like the exhausted dad who comes home to watch their daughter walk their first step…

I have to give 200% at work to observe, experience, and celebrate my team’s accomplishments.

It’s so hard during times of chaos, people problems, and the thousands of liabilities I have to juggle.

But that’s the burden I must carry alone.

I have one job that no one else can do:

I have to show genuine concern and care for my pharmily’s well-being and development.

If I could, I would take pictures of all the fame and glory they’ve achieved.

All the “first steps” and “first birthdays.”

That’s how proud I am of them.

That’s what gets me up out of bed and inspires me to open that pharmacy gate every day.

It’s not luck.

It’s effort, day in and day out.

And it’s so worth it.

-Mr. Corporate Pharmacist