Part 1 of Bringing Leadership to Life in Health 2020 is comprised of Chapters 1-4. These chapters systematically review the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the LEADS framework. They show that the framework is indeed more relevant in today’s fast-changing world than it was at the time of its inception. Caring leadership approaches are a necessary antidote to much of the factionalism characterizing much of modern society. Chapter 2 describes how concepts such as context, power, courage, and organizational culture must shape our leadership behavior. Chapter 3 outlines how LEADS gives life to caring leadership and its strong validity in today’s world. Chapter 4, describes why learning leadership is different from learning anything else. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” (JFK); and describes learning approaches that you can use to bring your and your organization’s leadership to life in health.
In Part 2 of Bringing Leadership to Life in Health 2020 many health leaders augment our depth of understanding of the five LEADS domains through stories and vignettes of “putting LEADS to work” within the health care systems of Canada, Australia, the USA, and Great Britain. We highlight recent evidence that validates each of the five LEADS domains and their capabilities: Lead Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions, and Systems transformation. In each chapter, LEADS comes alive through the voices of practicing health leaders. Many stories describe how difficult, but do-able, it is to practice Caring leadership of self, organizations, and systems using LEADS. Each of the five core chapters also stresses the need to see your leadership through the lens of advancing gender, diversity, and inclusivity as well as providing self-directed learning tools, including a LEADS self-assessment for that capability. Give them a try on-line! Finally, in Chapter 10, we show how many people have used it as an approach to guide change.
In Part 3 of the book, we include six chapters written by a number of senior leaders across health systems in Canada and abroad to tell their stories and share their experiences directly, in their own words. The following chapters feature these stories.