EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS ON LEADERSHIP
Everything rises and falls on leadership (John Maxwell). That’s a tricky think, if you really think about it. The economy of South Africa rises and falls as leaders are exchanged daily in pursuit of a better economy or anything close to it. The impact of appointment and sacking of cabinet ministers has seen the economy of South Africa threatened with “junk status” down grade. Economists and politicians will argue that the rand behaves according to the behaviour of political leaders. This was proven correct by the excited strengthening on the Rand upon the announcement of Cyril Ramaphosa to the top Job during the ANC conference in December 2017.
Now, hold it right there! This is not a political blog. Please keep reading and invite others to do so.
What if patient outcomes behaved like currency? What if health systems outcomes were the economy of global health?
The health systems performance rises and falls on the calibre of leadership at the helm of those systems. When talking about standards for quality health systems, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi indicated that “poor health systems and facility management, lack of accountability, culture of mediocrity rather than excellence, demotivated staff and erosion of professional ethics” are attributed to the continuing poor performance of health systems. The finger points to “leadership” of these institutions.
On the contrary, the exceptional performance seen specifically within the hospital pharmacists can be directly linked to the commendable leadership of the South African Association of Hospital Pharmacists. I call them the Pharmacists Defender, for various reasons of course. I am referring to the performance from a policy standpoint, not direct patient care outcome. We will see that during the upcoming SAAHIP Conference.
My opening text expresses that the better life, benefits, good working systems and laws that makes or will make the life of pharmacist full of blissful moments depends on the leadership within our sectors, hospitals, departments, academic institutions, etc. SAAHIP and PSSA leaders have proven this to be true. Here are few examples to site, you can comment with your views:
- The success in OSD negotiations was realized because SAAHIP showed visionary and bold leadership almost a decade ago.
- The successful placement of pharmacist’s interns and community service pharmacists continues to enjoy motherly support and contribution from the PSSA & SAAHIP Leadership.
- Legislative changes are made easily accessible to the ordinary pharmacists through the light and leadership of the PSSA and SAAHIP. No piece of law affecting Pharmacists gets passed before it receives scrutiny from SAAHIP and PSSA. (We invite all members of the profession to participate when opportunity arises through the branches).
4.SAAHIP and PSSA continues to strive to make the life of pharmacist much easier by taking the lead in the realisation of National Health Insurance by defining for South Africa what pharmacy is and what pharmacists will and should do within the context of NHI.
The words of Woodrow Wilson echo the achievements of the leaders of our time, or your times perfectly: you are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
The pharmacist defender, as I call SAAHIP, keeps on striking and proves that indeed, everything rises and falls on leadership.
By Nhlanhla G. Mafarafara