Twenty seven Counties Manukau Health frontline staff are learning how to be great leaders.
The 20-day Emerging Leaders programme is run by Ko Awatea’s Leadership Academy and in partnership with the University of Waikato.
“Programme participants were chosen after a rigorous selection process during which 40 hopefuls were formally assessed for suitability” explained Jenny Powell, Organisational Development Manager, Building Capability, Ko Awatea.
During the assessment, the 40 candidates who had been shortlisted after submitting Expressions of Interest, were asked about their responses to a series of scenarios, all determined to identify people with leadership potential. In both team and individual scenarios they were observed and assessed by experienced leaders from within the organisation.
The Expressions of Interest helped assessors identify candidates who had leadership experience both within their job as well as in non-work settings, including church groups.
“There was an overall recognition that although these people may not be in a formal leadership role, they have demonstrated leadership attributes we are looking for,” explains Ms Powell, noting the final participants represent a cross section of clinical and non-clinical staff including a General Practitioner, and several nurses as well as Allied Health staff. A range of ages and ethnicities including Maori, Pasifika, Indian, Asian and Pakeha are also represented.
Beginning at the start of October, the nine-month long Emerging Leaders programme was launched by Counties Manukau Health CEO Geraint Martin. Successful participants will receive a Ko Awatea Leadership Academy Award in Healthcare Leadership and an accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from the University of Waikato.
“We invest in these individuals so we have to create an environment where they can lead effectively. We need to take a system-wide approach to our leadership development”, Ms Powell says.
The Emerging Leaders programme will be fully evaluated with support from Ko Awatea’s Research and Evaluation unit.
The Leadership Academy began after a 2013 Ko Awatea White Paper which outlined how the academy would provide Ko Awatea and the health sector in general with capable, innovative and engaging leaders to transform the health system.