Ballarat Health Services looks to local businesses to develop their leadership skills

BALLARAT Health Services are taking advantage of local businesses to improve their leadership skills.

The 2014 Clinical Leadership Program follows on from the success of the same program last year. 

BHS clinical director of Sub-Acute Joesph Ibrahim said they had “pretty positive feedback” from people who has taken part in the program.

Last year’s participants spent time with Target Ballarat and Ballarat City Mazda to learn how different organisations operated and what kind of leadership strategies they adopted.

“I think that there is a lot to learn by looking outside of health,” Mr Ibrahim said. 

“I think sometimes in health you get a little bit insular, in terms of initiative and stepping outside their comfort zone.” 

More than 20 participants will take part in the 11-month program which will include lectures, guest speakers and classroom discussions. 

BHS executive director of sub-acute and community Wendy Hubbard said the program gave participants the opportunity to see how managers worked in other fields. 

“These two local business leaders showed our staff what it is to be a manager outside our organisation and gave them a real understanding of how to get the best from your staff and colleagues,” she said.