Embrace Strong and Effective Leadership – Dr. Smith

Photo: Garwin Davis Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Maurice Smith (right), receives a painting from Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation at the HEART Trust/NTA, Linda Stewart Doman, after he addressed the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) review meeting, held recently, at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

Story Highlights

  • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Maurice Smith, is calling on public and private sector entities to embrace strong and effective leadership.
  • Dr. Smith, who was addressing a meeting at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa in Runaway Bay, St. Ann recently, said the traditional perception of a boss as someone, who has control over others, has changed.
  • Senior Director of the TVET Division, Dr. Marcia Rowe Amonde, emphasised the importance of quality standards, and support for the integration of technical training across the education system.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Maurice Smith, is calling on public and private sector entities to embrace strong and effective leadership.

He said statistics have shown that every successful organisation, whether it is a school, business or sports club, all have good leaders in place.

Dr. Smith, who was addressing a meeting at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa in Runaway Bay, St. Ann recently, said the traditional perception of a boss as someone, who has control over others, has changed.

“I am suggesting to you that an effective leader should be looked at as someone, who makes things happen, who is able to go beyond thresholds and who is passionate about the job,” he said.

He noted that a leader should be guided by integrity, demonstrate competence, strong character and charisma, and must be seen as someone who inspires others by going beyond the call of duty.

The meeting was to review the HEART Trust/NTA’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) process, as a vehicle for workforce growth and development.

Senior Director of the TVET Division, Dr. Marcia Rowe Amonde, emphasised the importance of quality standards, and support for the integration of technical training across the education system.

The HEART Trust/NTA was established as a statutory body under the HEART Act in 1982 to govern the development and delivery of TVET in Jamaica. Its core business is on training and certification of Jamaican citizens for employment, while regulating and setting standards for the TVET system in Jamaica.

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