Friday, 15 April 2016

Guest Lecture On Leadership Skills by Dr Sanjiv Kumar, Executive Director NHSRC, New Delhi

This session was held on 14th April 2016 by Dr Sanjiv Kumar , Executive Director NHSRC. Sir conducted the session in two parts. During the first half of his session, Sir gave the students a brief introduction of the NHSRC which was established in 2006 with an objective of providing technical support to NRHM and NUHM. He also briefly described the three departments of   Ministry Of Health which is headed by Health Secretary. NHSRC helps to develop standards and specification for all the equipment in the healthcare industry. It has till date developed 180 standards and specification. It is also a WHO collaborating centre.
Dr Sanjiv Kumar stated that 65million of the Indian population has been categorized as below poverty line due to healthcare expenditure.

He also touched upon the various divisions of NHSRC and the functioning of each division. NHSRC encourages the states to be innovative while making and implementing their healthcare goals and focuses on quality improvement. Dr Sanjiv Kumar raised the following concerns:
·         Are the upcoming technological innovations right?
·         Will these innovations help to cater to the general public?
With this Sir ended the first half of his session.
During the second half of the session, Dr Sanjiv Kumar emphasized on Leadership in Public Health.
Sir shared with the audience 3 concepts of life which he learnt out of experience
    1)      Don’t look for money as the first preference
    2)      The most important person in healthcare is the individual himself
    3)      Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing of all and at all ages
Sir shared with the audience the statistical representation by the WHO  of the diseases that are the main cause of death among the Indians and discussed the Sustainable Development Goals
He explained the various models of leadership like the Leadership Model by Jim Collins and the Circle Model, which helped everyone understand the various skills required to be a good leader. Sir elaborated the importance of various leadership skills including listening, advocacy, networking, and emotional competencies but most importantly he shared tips on how one must deal with difficult people at work.

Sir shared with the audience his personal experiences which in turn made the talk very interesting. All in all it was a very insightful lecture. At the end of the session, Sir answered various questions raised by the audience.

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