Leadership Determines Institutional Success
By Saidina Alieu Jarjou
After 55 years since independence from Britain. Still, the Gambia is underdeveloped and poorly managed. However, it is believed that many institutions that supposed to contribute immensely towards the GDP are not delivering due to the type of leadership occupying those institutions. This and many other factors lead to rampant corruption and abuses of offices by the people who are bestowed the responsibility to oversee the affairs of those institutions for better service delivery.
The last time I checked the success and growth of any institution depends on its leadership. Dubrin (2007) argued that leadership is a process, system of planning, organizing, leading, directing, controlling, coordinating and analyzing all the activities which are performed at the institution for a better output.
Leadership comprises the ability to change and has a mind to learn from another, and administrative insight, which includes a social intelligence and to take the right action at the right time for the sake of the institution. Furthermore, institution performance is a vital and complete approach to processing and achieving accomplishment by developing the performance of the people who are working in a team and building up the skills and abilities of groups and individual donors to achieve the institutional goal and objective.
Similarly, employee motivation is a critical aspect of the workplace which leads to the performance of the institutions towards accomplishing its mission and vision statement. Without a proper staff motivation plan at the workplace, it could undermine institutional success.
We have seen staff leaving institutions for another. Heryati said “motivated employees can lead to increased productivity and allow an institution to achieve higher levels of output. Imagine having an employee who is not motivated at work. He/She will probably use the time at their desk looking for another job.
Juneja (2008) recommended that “the staff should be encouraged to develop the creative skills to solve institutional problems. Give them time and resources for developing creativity. Let them hold constant brainstorming sessions. Invite ideas and suggestions from the staff. They may turn out to be very productive”.
Until we have visionary leaders The Gambia will continue to be poor and undeveloped, and will not be able to compete within the international space.