Tanzania: ‘ Study, Apply Uniq Ue Talents of Subordinates to Improve’


RETIRED Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Anna Makinda has challenged heads of institutions to study talents of their subordinates and devise means of incorporating and applying their unique skills in their organisations for further improvements.

Participating in a panel discussion here over the weekend, Ms Makinda said studying workers’ unique talents should be in line with developing strategic plans for the growth of an institution.

“Knowing talent(s) of every subordinate staff would be helpful for the institution’s top leader, and add value in carrying out strategic plan to improve performance of an organisation,” pointed out the former Speaker at the Breakfast Meeting, which was part of the just ended Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Week 2018.

The weeklong event that was jointly organised by Foundation for Civil Society, key partners and stakeholders brought together various CSOs from the Mainland and Isles to showcase CSOs’ work in Tanzania. It was equally a forum for ‘ spacious constructive dialogue’ between CSOs, policy and lawmakers.

She hinted further that improved performance of any institution depend entirely on the leadership skills of the staff and discipline of its head, who values the subordinate staff and spot their footprints for development. “If a top leader of an institution would come to work late, the subordinate staff would come to work late too,” Ms Makinda observed.

Presiding over, Retired Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Mr Ludovick Utouh, pointed out that top leaders of organisations should themselves specify time to think on what to do for the institutions after being appointed or elevated to such posts.

“After being appointed to the top post, a good leader should think of what to do for an organisation in order to leave a mark behind after term in office,” said Mr Utouh, who is currently an Ex ecutive Director of Wajibu Institute of Public Accountability.

He further said that it was right for family members to enjoy benefits accrued by their relative, who has been appointed or elevated to the top post of an institution, but that should not interfere with responsibilities of his/her office.

Hence, he advised leaders of institutions to develop friendly procedures which would enable subordinate staff reach them and lodge complaints they have, saying: “You should not be quick to make decisions, but a good leader should have an audacity to make decisions after listening to both parties amicably.

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