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Complete Leadership Series – Leading in Challenging times


This workshop is part of our Complete Leadership Series, leading with resilience in challenging times, to help you target areas of development leaders and managers have identified as top priorities right now.

About the workshop.

In healthcare, the challenges of providing increasing demands for service through the Covid-19 pandemic, the inevitable winter pressures, a rising mental health crisis, A&E capacity issues, staff sickness, budget shortfalls, remote working and increased public scrutiny are all coming together as a perfect VUCA storm. 

In these unchartered waters, there can be a tendency for a leader to delineate challenges amid complexity with an aim to selectively address only the most pressing issues and enable a semblance of control but in reality, the interdependency of all these external forces requires an inclusive team approach, collaborating on different perspectives to gain a greater understanding of the situation and prioritizing progress over perfection when taking action. 

In this 3½ hour workshop, we will constructively explore four models and their application with a view to gaining insights about your own situational leadership skills from a process-based and people-based view. We will identify ‘comfort zones’ and how systematic process-thinking as an approach can be useful to help move forward through situations of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. In sharing stories about your own journey, we will look at how expectations and perspectives shape our mindsets in the way we think and behave in challenges. By understanding our leadership ‘voices’, we can choose to adapt the way we communicate when faced with different ‘voices’ and get the best out of people as a change leader. Using these models back in the workplace, you, as a leader can support and nurture compassionate safe spaces for change within your own teams. 


To do & to read: 5 Voices Assessment www.giant.tv/5voices/hq5v 

Please take the assessment. The results will come back to you. We shall discuss 5 Voices in the workshop as a concept, but not particular reports unless you wish to share your result. 

To watch: Simon Sinek on Understanding Empathy  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi86Nr9Mdms 


Who is this session for: 

The NHS Leadership Academy provides leadership development for people of all backgrounds and experiences across health and care. 

Other information:

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions above please register via our Expression of Interest page, this will help us to understand the demand for our programmes and plan accordingly. You will also be notified when we release new dates for this workshop.

If your circumstances change and you can no longer attend, please email [email protected]

The session will be delivered virtually

About the facilitators

John Aspden has been a Facilitator, Executive Coach working with healthcare professionals for the past 10 years. John originally trained as a General Nurse, with experience as a senior nurse in Theatres and Intensive Care and as a Mental Health Nurse and with subsequent international sales and marketing roles in medical technology companies. He is a leadership facilitator on both the Rosalind Franklin and Mary Seacole Leadership Academy programmes and a coach and leadership facilitator with the Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management. John adds value by helping people to learn and develop on their ‘edge of comfort’, to stretch past what they thought was possible and not only to develop personally, but also to develop a passion to make a difference within the organisation as leaders. His areas of interest and expertise are around Change Management, Political Astuteness, Resilience, Team-Working and Diversity & Inclusion.

Vikram Millns brings a broad range of skills within business including leadership around strategic & commercial expertise, quality & continuous improvement, employee engagement, Inclusion, and diversity leadership. He brings industry excellence in customer and business development, systems and operations, service and product development, marketing and brand building. He has run extensive online programmes with audiences all over Europe, Middle East and Africa and at technology conferences. He has strong cross-cultural working experience and has lived and worked in India and the UK.


Questions about this event?

Organiser : Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team

Email: midlands@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk