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Slaughtering to serving: a reflection on healthcare leadership in Indonesia
  1. Jeslyn Tengkawan1,2,
  2. Felicia Felicia1,3,
  3. Aqsha Azhary4
  1. 1 Capella Project Indonesia Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia
  2. 2 Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  3. 3 Hospital Administration Management, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Kampus Sekolah Pascasarjana, Jakarta, Indonesia
  4. 4 Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Felicia Felicia, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Kampus Sekolah Pascasarjana, Jakarta 12930, Indonesia; sutandifelicia{at}


Climate and culture within health institutions are strongly determined by healthcare leadership. Studies have shown how workers’ motivations and satisfactions not only improve their performances but also impact quality of care. Every healthcare leader should make reasonable policies that meet population needs and ensure safe, effective and good quality services. Effective leadership is very crucial to create and maintain a supportive work environment in maximising the potentials of health services. This article aimed to reflect about the importance of healthcare leadership and encourage us to start asking ourselves about our work motivation, strengths and weaknesses, and aspects we aimed to develop, which will help to create a good and healthy workplace environment.

  • health system
  • medical leadership
  • role model
  • values

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  • Contributors JT: planned the writing, led the brainstorming and provided the pearl knowledge from literature. FF and JT: wrote and edited the article. AA: reviewed the article. FF: submitted the articles. The authors collaborated on positioning and capturing the key point of the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.