Walking the Engagement Talk: Western Cape Government Health Managers inspire their people with the help of Engaging Leadership
10 July 2018 marked the highly anticipated start of Free To Grow’s 3-year contract with the Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) for the provision of leadership development training across the province. Within two months, the ripples flowing from the success of the programme had spread within WCGH, leading additional facilities, outside of the contract, to nominate their leadership teams to attend Free To Grow’s Engaging Leadership programme. Apart from the five groups scheduled to roll-out this year, an additional two groups have come on board with the likelihood of more to follow in 2019. To date, this equates to over 134 leaders.
WCGH’s customised 5-day Engaging Leadership short-course aims to strengthen the capacity of Public Health Managers by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to embed values-driven leadership and create the organisational culture required for staff to excel.
“It has been a humbling and inspiring experience!” says Free To Grow facilitator, Elzaan Botha. “The majority of delegates have spent 20 years working in the Health Sector and despite having been faced with a great deal of challenges… every single person is still passionate about making a difference in the lives of those they serve, both their patients and their teams.”
Jonathan Mills, who’s also involved in the facilitation of Engaging Leadership at WCGH, shares that “there are but a few projects that come along where one is impressed with the overall quality, passion and professionalism of the delegates that the organisation sends for training – the WCGH leadership development project happens to be one of them. The Doctors, Managers and Leaders in attendance have, almost without exception, demonstrated commitment, tireless effort and resilience. Their patient-centricity, focus and care have been impressive, to say the least.”
The enthusiasm and dedication of these Managers to grow their knowledge and develop the competencies required to create a culture of high-engagement and collaboration plants WCGH firmly on its way to ‘growing its leaders towards its 2030 Healthcare Vision’. “What a privilege to be part of this transformation journey,” says Elzaan, “and I’m excited to continue adding value through our amazing Engaging Leadership skill-set.”
Looking to 2019 another two groups have been confirmed to take place in late January, with discussions currently underway for the roll-out of the next tranche in WCGH’s new financial year – beginning April 1.