Indian Journal of Public Health

DR B C DASGUPTA MEMORIAL ORATION
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 171--174

Public health leadership in India: Reflections from my journey


Anand Krishnan 
 Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Anand Krishnan
Room No 13. Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi
India

Public Health discipline has evolved and currently focuses on addressing social determinants of health and working multi-sectorally to promote health. Public Health Leadershipis the practice of mobilizing people, organizations, and communities to effectively tackle tough public health challenges. Leadership is a core competency of public health.Leaders are people with Vision, Influence, Values and Passion to achieve personal and organizational mission.Leadership is not a personal trait but is learnable skill. Leadership is a journey where one goes from being a member of a single team to lead health sector in working with other sectors. A leader moves from carrying out assigned tasks at the beginning of journey to providing a vision to motivate others to achieve their life goals. A true leader grooms leaders to establish a legacy of leadership. Ten lessons from my life would be: Believe in yourself; Seize the opportunities; present a vision of future; get out of comfort zone; expand capacity rather than define limits; strengthen communication and people to people skills; build a team; consider everyone as a potential collaborator; focus on deliverables and on relationships. We should start Public Health leadership course and develop core modules for teaching of leadership to post graduates in all medical schools.


How to cite this article:
Krishnan A. Public health leadership in India: Reflections from my journey.Indian J Public Health 2018;62:171-174


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Krishnan A. Public health leadership in India: Reflections from my journey. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Dec 12 ];62:171-174
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