Developing Nationals as Leaders in Healthcare

Breakout Session
Main Building ED 216/217
P, AAFP, DO, PA, NP, N, D

Many medical missionaries long for leaders who are well equipped and prepared to take the helm of medical teams. Only when quality leadership is in place are we freed to concentrate on what is close and dear to our hearts and to rest assured that the work will continue after we are gone. Yet the reality is often the opposite. Medical institutions, projects or programs that ran smoothly when medical missionaries were in charge quickly deteriorate, fade in significance, or die completely after the medical missionary leaves. Some find themselves toiling under toxic leadership and in dysfunctional teams, wondering how on earth they are expected to cope. This raises for us the necessity to invest in leader and/or leadership development in our medical missions. Each of us desires to work under competent local leaders who are of like mind and who are both faithful and skillful — men or women who will teach others. We want to leave behind sustainable work; yet our effort sometime fail. Those in whom we invest don’t always turn out the way we hoped. Those who seem to turn out the way we hoped don’t last. And in some instances, there seems to be no one worth our time and effort in leader development. What is an expatriate missionary to do in such situations?

Objectives

-Describe why there is a need for leader/leadership development.
-Discuss the distinction between leadership development and leader development in the context of medical missions.
-Write an overview of the role of expatriates in leadership/leader development in medical missions.
-Discuss the challenges of developing leaders in a cross-cultural setting.
-Describe effective ways of transitioning leadership roles to local protégés.
-Evaluate the cultural values that drive leaders and the emergence of leaders in local communities.
-Discuss the principles that assist in effective leader development in cross-cultural context.
-Identify discover the issues that are limiting the effective development of lasting leaders and leadership in mission medical institutions.
-Identify ways to address leadership failures in mission medical institutions.
-List the dangers of making leaders in one’s own image and likeness.
-Discuss the impact of raising “SpongeBob” leaders.