They may be only at the beginning of their course, but Emerging Leaders participants and Counties Manukau staff Suzanne Joseph, Daniel Wong, Roni Hamilton and Adeline Cumings already have a clear idea of what makes a good leader.
For Senior Fanau Ola Advocate Suzanne Joseph, listening skills are essential. Analyst Daniel Wong says a good leader is someone that identifies a direction and translates this into action.
“It’s doing the right thing, not just the easy thing,”said Nurse Educator Roni Hamilton, adding being genuine and transparent are also vital attributes.
Course participants shared a number of reasons for wanting to be part of the programme.
Suzanne is hoping to ‘step up’ a level in management. The mother and qualified social worker is already involved at a leadership level in many church activities and wants to work towards becoming a general manager in her work life.
Roni says she is always looking for a challenge, while Daniel jumped on the opportunity for personal development.
For project manager Adeline Cumings, it is important that leaders at Counties Manukau Health reflect the population within the Counties Manukau region.
“I am from a working class Malaysian family, and moved to New Zealand at a young age, so I can relate to the migrant story that many of our population experience,” Adeline says.
Coming from a family where high blood pressure and diabetes are the norm, it is also important to Adeline to develop leadership skills to inspire young people to make healthier choices.
Next year, at the conclusion of the course, the four say they hope to have gained sufficient skills to be able to pass it on, and ultimately better serve the population of Counties Manukau.
“At the end of the day we all aim to pay it forward, right? Hopefully we can encourage others in the future,” says Daniel.
We will be following Counties Manukau staff Suzanne Joseph, Daniel Wong, Roni Hamilton and Adeline Cumings for the coming month as they continue on their Emerging Leaders journey.