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“The RANZCO LDP is an excellent way to further oneself. It empowers you with skills that are not taught in medicine. It teaches you to be a leader and how to effectively negotiate with people – a skill needed with not just patients, but also carers, colleagues and other stakeholders involved in the health arena.
The aspect that I enjoyed the most was taking part in the Insights Discovery Workshop, where we got to assess and understand different personality types. The workshop enabled us to gauge our own and others’ strengths and weaknesses depending on which personality category we fit in to. This knowledge was used to adapt oneself to different personality types in order to improve communications. There were talks and exercises in presentation skills and negotiation skills used in disputes, conflicts, deals or transactions. We conducted a project to demonstrate our understanding of being an ophthalmic leader in making a change. This task helped build on the foundation of skills that we gained and allowed us to understand how to adapt leadership theory into practice.
Being involved with the College in leadership roles provides for a more satisfying overall career and has given me a better understanding of the “bigger picture” and other stakeholders involved in the ophthalmology environment.
“The Leadership Development Program has helped me to improve my confidence in stepping forward to take on more challenging leadership roles. The program has helped in broader areas of my life even outside of RANZCO and work. I would strongly recommend that younger Fellows take part in the program. The LDP helped me to understand the value of the many different voices within an institution and helped me to feel confident enough to add my voice to the conversation. Since being part of the LDP, I have taken up a position on the board for the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, and the committee for the NSW branch of RANZCO. I was also on the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society International Committee and the neuro-ophthalmology faculty of the World Ophthalmology Congress held in Barcelona.”
“There are many skills required of us as Ophthalmologists that go outside the traditional clinical skills we learn in Ophthalmology training. I believe I have learnt and gained new skills through my participation in the LDP such as working effectively within large organisations and how to better serve on boards and committees. I also believe that the skills I learnt in the LDP not only helped me with those roles, but also to become a better clinician and academic. Since undertaking the LDP I have joined the Council of Glaucoma Australia and taken on Chair of the Glaucoma Australia Ophthalmology Committee. In addition, I have joined the Australia and New Zealand Glaucoma Society Committee. I have been elected to the Board of my private practice (Eye Surgery Associates). I have joined the Associate Advisory Board of the World Glaucoma Association and joined the Scientific committee for the World Glaucoma Association/World Glaucoma Conference. I learnt the importance of working closely with others through effective teamwork, communication and support for those around you. I think that leadership begins with striving to become a better person, and the LDP helped me do so in many aspects of my life. ”
“The LDP provided an opportunity to learn more about the way that the College works. You meet many of the people involved in College leadership and become much more aware of the many opportunities there are to contribute to ophthalmology outside of clinical work. The most useful aspect of the LDP for me was the Insights personality session. I became more aware of my own personal attributes and how I may appear to others, especially on a bad day! I also learned strategies for improving relationships with people who have very different personality traits or leadership skills to me. This has been most useful for improving diversity in the groups I am part of and ensuring that everyone has a chance to be involved or heard."
"RANZCO and Cathy Green organised a very comprehensive set of sessions covering multiple aspects of leadership from the nitty-gritty of interacting with colleagues and running meetings to the broader vistas of dealing with organisations and foreign cultures. There were multiple opportunities to receive feedback regarding our ideas, our personality styles as leaders, and our presentation technique, all in a great networking environment. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this great programme."
“Having completed the LDP programme last year has given me both the confidence and contacts to be more actively involved in the college. We were initially invited to observe the council meeting this gave invaluable insights into the decision-making processes of the college. The series of workshops were both fun and useful in terms of understanding our own character traits and how to put them to use to achieve outcomes. I highly recommend this programme for those seeking to develop their communication and leadership skills”.
“The sessions enabled me to develop practical skills useful to create a great team and effect change. Personality profiling highlighted my own personality traits (whether I liked them or not) and those of others, and how best to fully engage and involve people in a team recognising their differences. Learning how systems work and developing negotiation skills to achieve mutually acceptable outcomes were invaluable. Improving my presentation skills through experiential learning was challenging (as it was for all of us) but a highlight of the programme and a fantastic experience. I highly recommend this programme to anyone considering, or already involved in, a leadership role.” Read more here (PDF 567.3KB).
“The LDP made me realise that as ophthalmologists, we CAN make a positive difference to our community through many ways other than direct one-to-one patient care. This program has enhanced our skills in leadership and it offered an encouraging learning experience. The course has been catered for ophthalmologists of all stages of career. It is a must for those exploring their potential in management and directorship in College activities, research and academic career, public health service and education.”
“ The LDP gives us the opportunity to see how RANZCO works from the inside out and enables a much stronger interaction which can only help get things done in our respective practices. Having a specific project to undertake sharpens the mind about how to implement that pipe dream we may have had about changing things for the better as well as being able to bring the resources of RANZCO to assist. On top of that it is an opportunity for personal growth and reflection about how we interact with others as well as what we have to do to achieve goals not only for ourselves but also to make improvements to the wider health system.”
"The LDP came highly recommended to me from a previous participant, and it did not disappoint. Like all things that are good for you, the LDP was challenging and at times uncomfortable: To have your habits and patterns in interpersonal interactions exposed is confronting, but to have it done in such a supportive and generous environment made it valuable and constructive. The public speaking sessions were outstanding. It was absolutely the best education I've ever had in making presentation
"The LDP was a very well organised and informative series of sessions. The program focused on develop- ing several key elements that are required to perform effectively in a teamwork environment. Topics covered included a wide range such as public speaking, personnel management, lobbying for positive change, dealing with hospital and medical system administrations. There was also ample time to reflect on our own personal styles and how this may influence our interaction with others.
Through the assistance of the program, I was able to successfully apply for a clinic to commence intra-vitreal pharmacotherapies at a tertiary referral hospital in metropolitan Melbourne. This has been of substantial benefit to continuity of patient care and providing a service for the local community."
"I was fortunate to be involved in the RANZCO Leadership Development Program (LDP) during 2013. David Wechsler and I were the NSW representatives, and we were joined by Fellows from other Australian training states and from New Zealand.
For some time I have had an interest in being more involved and trying to make a difference to eye health beyond the one-to-one interaction of a patient consultation (which I still enjoy!). I am aware that I still have a lot to learn, but being part of the leadership development program has given me a greater skill set to pursue this interest. I would certainly encourage other Fellows with a similar interest to be involved in this program."
"Undertaking the LDP was a very thought-provoking and invaluable life experience.
The skills gained include a better understanding of the dynamics of human interaction by evaluating our own personality types and styles of management, and how to more effectively interact with colleagues and employees in meetings and negotiations by taking into consideration others styles of personal interaction and motivations.
The public speaking workshops were fabulous, -being evaluated for our shortcomings, and having less than desirable traits highlighted, was a little confronting, but the environment was supportive, and all of us enhanced our speaking skills over the course of the program. I would highly recommend participation in this extremely well run program, and congratulate Cathy Green for her organisation and passion in establishing this initiative."