HR Huntsman on What it Takes to be an Exceptional Leader | POP 890

As the owner, how do you separate what is important from what is urgent to do in your business? What are some common leadership problems that often need to be readjusted? What should you as the owner always be doing, and (mostly) only be doing?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about what it takes to be an exceptional leader with HR Huntsman.

Podcast Sponsor: Alma

A photo of podcast sponsor, Alma is captured. Alma is an insurance company for therapists. Alma sponsors the Practice of the Practice podcast.

Going in-network with insurance can be tough. Filing all of the right paperwork is time-consuming and tedious, and even after you’re done, it can take months to get credentialed and start seeing clients.

That’s why Alma makes it easy and financially rewarding to accept insurance. When you join their insurance program, you can get credentialed within 45 days, and access enhanced reimbursement rates with major payers. They also handle all of the paperwork, from eligibility checks to claims submissions, and guarantee payment within two weeks of each appointment.

Once you’ve joined Alma’s insurance program, you can see clients in your state of licensure regardless of where you’re working from.

Learn more about building a thriving private practice with Alma at

Meet HR Huntsman

A photo of HR Huntsman is captured. He has quickly developed a reputation for being an exceptional organizational strategist and executive coach. HR is featured on the Practice of the Practice.

After retiring from the first company that he founded at 28, HR has quickly developed a reputation for being an exceptional organizational strategist and executive coach. HR’s genius is his ability to see both the cultural and strategic sides of an organization. He has helped transform dozens of companies by helping them scale their size as well as strengthen their teams. HR is passionate about helping leaders get the time freedom and financial freedom they desire. 

Visit Leader’s Edge and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

In This Podcast

  • Typical leadership problems to fix
  • Separating importance from urgency
  • Identifying your tasks as the leader
  • HR’s advice to private practitioners

Typical leadership problems to fix

  • Being good at your craft is different from being good at leadership:

Do you want to be a great practitioner or do you want to be a leader of a great practice? Those are not the same thing.

HR Huntsman

Being a great practitioner is important for your clients and for your practice but it does not automatically make you a good leader.

So, if you are organizing and caring for a team within your business, then you also need to develop your skill as a great leader.

  • Micromanagement is not scalable: help people break out of a micromanagement mindset and empower leaders to trust their employees and for employees to take initiative and trust themselves too.

Separating importance from urgency

Part of leadership is delegation and a part of successful delegation is knowing what needs to be done and when.

As such, you need to define and separate all the things that need to be done in your practice into two main groups; importance and urgency.

We sit down and get really proactive … and intentional about this. One of the things I’d say in the next quarter, in the next six months, [and] in the next year that need to be done: what is important? What is urgent? … we’d make them stand in a single-file line as best we can and then we begin strategically checking them off and deciding what is the role of the entrepreneur in these things and what needs to be eventually delegated.

HR Huntsman

Eventually, you will also have on your list some items of things that you will delegate and give away which will also give you an idea of who you need to hire into your company to get them done.

At every step of the way, remind yourself of the bigger picture.

Identifying your tasks as the leader

During HR’s first business, he was doing absolutely everything himself in the beginning. Every year, he would review his tasks, and slowly whittle down what he could do and he could hire someone else to do instead.

Every once in a while, we’re just going to take some time away and it’s usually during our executive coaching sessions and figure out, “What are you doing now that is not in your best interest to be doing a year from now?”

HR Huntsman

These three things are the ones that you should always be focusing on:

  • Being the chief vision tasker
  • The chief leadership developer
  • Developing and nurturing big relationships

Learn about leadership everywhere! And leak vision everywhere. Put it out into the world whenever you get the chance. Set the vision of the business as the foundation and then launch into the systems and operations over and above it.

HR’s advice to private practitioners

The work that you do is vital. Hone the craft, and hone your leadership skills, so that you can take your practice higher and expand the service that you provide.

Sponsors Mentioned in this episode:

Useful links mentioned in this episode:

Check out these additional resources:

Meet Joe Sanok

A photo of Joe Sanok is displayed. Joe, private practice consultant, offers helpful advice for group practice owners to grow their private practice. His therapist podcast, Practice of the Practice, offers this advice.

Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

Thanks For Listening!

Feel free to leave a comment below or share the social media below!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.