Center for Executive Education (CEE)


Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management


Dr. Hassan Danish ; Dr. Farah Ahmed

Project Type

PGD Project Report

Executive Summary

Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization. The importance of women's leadership in improving women's health, it is surprising how sparse female leadership in Pakistan actually is. Women comprise half the population and more than 70% in academic medicine yet make up a mere 3% of the legislators and senior officials in the country. In context to the leadership qualities and how effective women can pull off the role of managing people as well as resources have been studied through the present research phenomena. The idea was supported through the literature findings that indicated that there is a growing recognition by government and international organizations that involve Women in the Leadership role in healthcare so as to ensure better health services specifically to the vulnerable rural women population. Seeking this, the study aimed to identify the leadership behaviors and practices in relation to the Pakistani healthcare sector. The chosen study design was quantitative where the methodology employed to answer the research questions was focused on achieving the objectives of the study through taking assistance of the cross-sectional study. In regards to this, data was collected from both the primary as well as secondary data tools i.e. through different published journals, meetings with Sindh government health officials, and visits of hospitals to have a perspective of women employees working in the health care industry through an 18-Items Short Form (SF-18) questionnaire (primary data). The findings of the research project illustrated that women comprise an estimated 70 percent of the global health workforce but hold only 25 percent of senior roles. 69 percent of global health organizations are headed by men, and 80% of board chairs are men. The secondary data analysis revealed statistical figures while also interpreting the growing interest of healthcare women in leadership and managing the roles and responsibilities to bring out the courage to face the conflicts and resolve the internal as well as external affairs faced by healthcare organizations. The quantitative results also indicated that the majority of the participants were good with The participants indicated their effectiveness of communication, being ethical as well as good listeners that appears to be relevant qualities for a competent healthcare leader documenting, problem-solving, managing human capital as well as physical resources, etc. In context to this, it is suggested that female leaders can be supported through providing them relevant training as well as resources such that that become resourceful and can support their ideas and knowledge. The ideas of women's participation on an extended level can be supported through partnering up with the organization that is working for the women leaderships. Therefore, we can conclude that presently the healthcare sector of Pakistan is ill-structured where leadership practices too are ineffective while the role of women remain unidentified on a broader level.

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