As part of her mission to build capacity and translate knowledge into effective programmes, the Academy for Health Development (AHEAD) organized a three-day workshop for the Nigeria office of Heartland Alliance International (HAI). The workshop which was themed “Leading and Managing for Results” focused on improving the proficiency of the manager and reinforcing the strength of the organization in order to stay abreast of the changes in the health sector and donor environment, and to have greater impact as an organization.
The objectives of the training included:
- Improving the knowledge of middle-to-senior level managers on key leadership and management issues
- Developing the skills of managers in the areas of managing people, organizing teams, supervising and delegating, among others.
The philosophy of this workshop developed and implemented by AHEAD is to position professionals in the health sector and their organization to achieve tangible results through a skill-focused approach that would enable them to interact with the health better and to ably integrate key leading and managing practices. This philosophy was emphasized at the workshop through the application of presentations, case-studies, team-building activities and role-playing amongst other things, facilitated by health leadership and programme management specialists.
Leadership-Management soft and hard skills such as concepts and tools that facilitate effectiveness in the healthcare systems were discussed and topics like ‘Leading and Management Framework’, ‘Emotional Intelligence and Setting Work Climate’ and ‘Monitoring Performance for Impact’ were also explored.
Daily evaluation was carried out by the participants and an end-of-workshop evaluation was also done. The 35 members of staff of HAI who participated in the workshop assessed the workshop as excellent based on its content and the quality of instruction.