Exploring the Uptake and Impact of Using the LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework to Enhance Leadership Capacity in Health Systems Year Two

The health system in Canada is increasingly recognized as a complex adaptive environment requiring system wide perspectives and approaches for improving outcomes. The World Health Organization has identified leadership as a key building block of systems change, yet evaluating the value of investment in leadership development is challenging. LEADS is an evidence-based leadership development framework offered through the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), complemented by four 360 LEADS© self-assessment tools. Working with a team including one of the original developers, Fenwick Leadership Explorations, Dr. Vilches will use action research with key partners and feedback data from prior LEADS implementation, exploring how complexity in health care delivery systems impact and influence leadership development outcomes. The immediate outcome will be a better understanding of how to apply the broadly adopted LEADS framework, as well as a better understanding of leadership development in complex adaptive environments, specifically in the Canadian health system.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ronald Lindstrom


Silvia Vilches


Canadian College of Health Leaders


Public administration




Royal Roads University



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