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7 Questions on Leadership with Steven Isin

Name: Steven Isin

Title: Health Manager


I Mr. Steven Isin, from Papua New Guinea, born of mixed parentage Father from Morobe and mother from Simbu province.

Graduate from a local university call Divine Word University run by Catholic agency as Health Administration or health management.

Started my courier with NGO organisation World vision png as TB/HIV coordinator then to Catholic church health service as TB/HIV coordinator and currently with HOPE WW PNG as Team lead for HOPE WW PNG TB/HIV program.

Core priority working with existing government run health facilities on TBHIV activities and with community to strengthen TBHIV program on prevention.

Its a tough task when it comes to behaviour change especially for community or people with low literacy level.

But, I strive forward coz there is always a room for people especially young youths for change.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Steven's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Advocate people for behavior change. Especially the low literacy youth and adults.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Being a leader is to take leads in role of duty of call.

I become a leader in my role of duty as TB/HIV coordinator. TB/ HIV disease is a burden disease in the province which I worked. Therefore, to solve the issue of TBHIV disease it needs a leadership role to address the disease burden. Its needs a team work of heads from different aspects of life and background. From Clinical, public health and community and stakeholders.

I as a TB/HIV coordinator role need to stand up and raise volume of the TBHIV disease burden and on how people can appreciate the status and change of behavior in their community.

Becoming a advocator by taking the lead on trial stands can make a way forward for all leaders.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Having a work plan. Work plan is a guide for progress outcome and achievement.

Work plan can be design early every year beginning of January to December. Then break down to monthly work plan then to weekly/ daily scheduled.

From daily work schedule you know what to do every day and on track.

Daily work is a 8hours commitment therefore for budget 8hours to spent on different activity so at the end of the day you accomplish your task.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Being a self starter. Try to do thing without or little supervision. Try to learn as much as you can. Always ask for evaluation or review your work from your boss. Accept correction from you boss.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Need to read and have a copy

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Being a self starter and have positive esteem that you can do and achieve position feedbacks. Being the agent of changes and show your character to the public.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

My first step is always nervous, shy to stand up. Fear to negative feedback. But its a steping stone for improvement and building confidence to take a lead. Always think positive and act positive.

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