Leadership requires great imagination and commitment to core values

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Symposium on Leadership at University of Lahore
Leadership requires great imagination
and commitment to core values
No failure is a failure unless you learn from
it - Prof. Rukhsana Zuberi

LAHORE: Good leadership requires great imagination and commitment to core values. No failure is a failure unless you learn from it. This was stated by Prof. Rukhsana Zuberi a noted medical educationist and Prof. of Community Medicine from Aga Khan University, Karachi. She was speaking on “Why leaders fail and how should leaders lead” at a symposium organized at University of Lahore in collaboration with Society of Medical Educationists and University College of Medicine and Dentistry on February 15th 2019 where she was invited as the Chief Guest. Great leaders always have great teams, she further stated.

The symposium was the brain child of Prof. Rehan Khan and its Theme was “How to Lead: Prioritizing an overlooked lesson in Medical Schools”. It attracted a large number of renowned medical educationists from all over the country besides a few invited guest speakers from abroad as well who discussed a wide range of issues related to leadership in medical education and health services.


 Prof. Shahid Mahmud Malik Pro Rector University of Lahore alongwith Wajeeha Rauf Pro
Rector Social Sciences and Dr. Mahwish Arooj presenting memento to Prof. Rukhsana
Zuberi who was the chief guest at the Leadership symposium held at UOL
on February 15th 2019.

Continuing Prof. Rukhsana Zuberi said that managers do manage and create order but leaders provide meaning and values. Leaders have the courage. Yesterday’s solutions may become today’s problems. It is important that one should bring everybody on board. Leaders may be incompetent or may have inadequate skills. Good leaders have to be realistic but if the leaders are arrogant and suffer from self-destructive intelligence syndrome, they start the blame game. They must realize the whole picture. Nepotism leads to counter nepotism. Problem solving skills are problem specific. Different circumstances require different approaches and at times one has to seek outside the box solutions.

Earlier Prof. Shahid Mahmood Malik Pro Rector Health Sciences at University of Lahore in his welcome address opined that today’s symposium will open up a new third dimension. There are other qualities of teachers, medical educationists. They must have self-control, self-reliance which was little taught in the past. Dr. Mahwish Arooj Vice Principal of University College of Medicine and Dentistry said that it was nice to be among the medial educationists family. We at the UCMD are determined to play our role. Recently we had an international conference on Health Professionals education and you never stop. Medical education is a passion with us. Seven years ago we started a certificate course and later Masters in Health Professionals Education. We have established an assessment cell, started mentoring programme and we were the first one in the province of Punjab to start integrated curriculum. We cherish the relationship that we have developed with all of you, she added.

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