Updated: Aug 27, 2020
Dr Mercy Mwangangi: An Inspirational Leader Many Young Professionals Want to Emulate
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Kenyans had never heard of Dr Mercy Mwangangi. But since she started teaming up with Health Cabinet Secretary, Mr Mutahi Kagwe, to brief Kenyans on the latest developments concerning the Corona virus, Dr Mwangangi, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Health, has become a household name. Today, Kenyans who watch the daily press briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic know Dr Mwangangi, the firm, soft-spoken, young physician who, in the absence of Mr Kagwe, is readily available to step into his shoes and update Kenyans on the national Corona virus situation.
The big question that remains, however, is this: what lessons can young professionals learn from Dr Mwangangi? For a start, Dr Mwangangi inspires many young professionals, specifically medical professionals, who are keen to emulate her meritocratic rise. According to a Harvard Business Review study of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries, inspirational leaders possess the ability to focus on customer needs, collaborate, and motivate others. Inspirational leadership such as displayed by Dr Mwangangi is highly needed in Kenya’s often disorganized and shambolic healthcare environment to elicit change and spur staff to higher levels of achievement. Inspirational leaders know the importance of mentoring, which is critical to the future success in terms of talent management and succession planning. Inspirational leaders are essential to creating change and truly making an institution a great place to work.
Inspirational leaders know the importance of mentoring, which is critical to the future success in terms of talent management and succession planning. Inspirational leaders are essential to creating change and truly making an institution a great place to work.
They engage employees to do the best job they can, as well as encourage them to stay current and knowledgeable with ever-changing trends in their fields of specialization. The type of leadership being offered by Dr Mwangangi is needed for employee growth and job satisfaction, organizational growth and sustainability, and optimal productivity and loyalty. For example, healthcare facilities often offer unit heads the opportunity to mentor newly-hired doctors and nurses, and it is against this background that Dr Mwangangi is expected to play a critical role in providing some helpful tips for effectively mentoring a new crop of medical leaders. Being a successful role model means being enthusiastic, positive, respectful, and caring toward not only your mentee, but also to interdisciplinary team members and patients/families.