Strategic Leadership of Social Institutions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
To accomplish Sustainable Development Goals like reducing maternal mortality and newborn deaths; there should be social institutions which have to be led by strategic leaders – strategic leadership in practice.
A leader is thus a credible person who can alter one’s thoughts, feelings, or actions in a manner that enlists others to pursue the accomplishment of common goal(s).
Leadership is, therefore, the process of social influence in which a leader can solicit the others’ aid and the support in pursuing the accomplishment of targeted goals.
Consequently, the leader is the person that practises this social influence which may further occur when this person’s thoughts, feelings, or actions are being affected other people in the social institutions like hospitals.
Succinctly, the leader must adopt behaviours which may affect his/her followers’ thoughts, feelings, or actions, and these parameters must also be affected in a manner that will contribute towards those goals.
That is where the art of strategic leadership and leader in social institutions takes on all its meaning – strategic leadership of social institutions like hospitals to achieve the Third Sustainable Development Goal.
Mr Sebsib Belay Kelkay is a Senior Researcher, Senior Social Consultant, and Lecturer at Addis Ababa University.
He has also worked consultancy works for the World Bank, international NGOs, and indigenous NGOs in Ethiopia for more than decades.