A chief midwife has a role that evolves continuously and is always influenced by the environment of the clinic and by many other local challenges.
A chief midwife must be ready and prepared to respond and manage health care needs in order to achieve reduction of morbidity and mortality by formulating and developing evidence-based policies that encapsulate a vision with integrated people-centered services for effective and efficient midwifery workforce management.Moreover, she must support her partners’ effort to assess the gap between the need for a healthy workforce, and the population’s demand for health services (WHO, 2015). This multitasked position needs a person who has strong managerial, organizational and leading skills. Managerial skills help the chef midwife in her good planning, by setting the appropriate goals for her team and evaluating her teams’ effectiveness. On the other hand, organizational skills will help her in the identification of problems that may appear, in order to achieve a fast and effective solution, even under the most challenging conditions.
Her leading skills will help her not only being successful while working, interacting and communicating with patients and people in different situations but will mostly help her being able to work effectively with the staff at different levels, by building stuff’s support from the lowest highest level of the clinic.All of the above, in combination with each chief midwife’s personal qualities|, such as vision, ethics, communicational skills, responsibility, and motivation, will create the profile of an effective or of a non-effective manager or leader. What skills do you need to develop in order to provide effective leadership? A leader can be defined simply as ‘a person who leads or commands a group, organization’ but this includes both formal and informal roles and in practice, leaders are made by circumstances by making people follow them at the right moment. This is the reason why being a leader is different from being a manager. As it is widely said ‘leaders do the right thing, and managers do things right’.
The main difference between a leader and a manager is that the leader is expected to create and communicate a compelling vision, usually associated with change.One of the most important aspects of leadership is that every leader is different, depending on the different personality and circumstances, However, a leader who learns how to use a wide variety of styles and models of leadership has always an advance against others by finding the balance between business foresight, performance, and character. A chief midwife must have vision, courage, integrity, humility and focus along with the ability to plan strategically and catalyze cooperation amongst her team. The first value that all the gathered executives agree upon for their company is integrity. They all agree on the importance of complete honesty in everything they do, both internally and externally.The core of integrity is truthfulness and as Zig Ziglar said “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide.
With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” Integrity requires that you always tell the truth, to all people, in every situation. Truthfulness is the foundation quality of the trust that is necessary to the success of any business.According to Jack Welch “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.
” So, a chief midwife must have the ability to predict what will happen next, which is the strategic planning and what alternatives she has.This quality of vision changes a “transactional manager” into a “transformational leader”, while a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.One of the most important qualities of a good leader is courage because it means that a chief midwife is willing to take risks in the achievement of her goals, even though with every commitment she makes and every action she takes entails a risk of some kind as there is no certainty in private maternity clinics.