CCLEP Veterinary Leadership
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Leadership is an integral part of society. In each community, leadership is necessary to attain common goals. Leadership is also demanded from veterinarians because veterinary medical authority is inherent to the profession. In treating and controlling animal disease, in a patient or a population, a veterinarian needs leadership qualities to motivate animal owners or related stakeholders to conduct necessary treatments or control measures. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) acknowledges leadership as part of the veterinary professional competence.
In response to this need, the Center for Indonesian Veterinary Analytical Studies (CIVAS) through the CIVAS Continuous Learning and Education Program (CCLEP) invited Dr. John Weaver, Australia Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIP-EID) program consultant, to talk further about Veterinary Leadership. The talk was held in CIVAS meeting room on Saturday, November 15, 2014 with 10 CIVAS members as participants.
Dr. Weaver spoke about leadership concepts, 16 personality types by Myer Briggs, leadership models, the importance of communication through body language, and emotional intelligence. The type of leadership discussed is not one gained from position, but a type of attitude and behavior in a group or organization which could unify and push people forward. Developing good leadership qualities could start from recognizing the personality of ourselves and our colleagues. Differences in personalities, which Myer Briggs classifies into 16 types, could affect the kind of approaches or work most comfortable for different people. A good leader recognizes these differences and could maximize the strengths and support the weaknesses of his/her team members. Additionally, there are different types of leadership models. There is a leadership model where all activities are directed / commanded and low support is given (directing), however there is also a model where the workload is largely delegated and members are independent (delegating). These models are based on the Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Model.
Finally, emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage the plethora of emotions influencing ourselves and others. It plays a significant role in the dynamics of a group or organization because it affects a person’s ability to make decisions, build relations, and compromise. These three are important qualities for a leader. Hence, besides technical leadership skills, a good leader must have good emotional intelligence. **