The Systems Leadership Approach

Welcome to our Systems Leadership Approach workshop series for the Midlands – where we discover the power and potential of Systems Leadership when working in complex, interconnected health and social care systems.

Why attend?

The Systems Leadership Approach introduces a range of perspectives that will empower you as a leader to approach your current situation with a renewed focus on how to foster collaboration across diverse healthcare needs and stakeholders. We’ll dive into the heart of Systems Leadership and consider how theory relates to your day-to-day role. By exploring real-world case studies, sharing best practice and insights these workshops will inspire you to lead purposefully and consider the ripple effect of System Leadership at all levels.

Who should join?

These workshops are for those who want to learn and deepen their understanding of system working.  They are aimed at those who can return to their systems and positively promote and influence the benefits of working collaboratively with health and social care colleagues across your integrated care system, for the benefit of our patients and citizens.

Session 1: Leading with System Leadership: Collaborative Approaches

The intricate landscape of health and social care in the Midlands requires healthcare professionals to understand how System Leadership can help to foster collaborative environments. We’ll share insights, strategies, and practical steps to enable you to apply the principles of System Leadership for improved outcomes and services.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding Systems: a comprehensive insight into open and closed systems, exploring their structures and functions.
  • System Leadership Essentials: the core concepts and principle examining its application and currency to your professional healthcare practice.
  • Complex Adaptive Systems: discover more about the intricacies of adaptive systems and how to lead effectively within these dynamic environments.
  • Practical Application of System leadership: develop actionable steps to implement System Leadership principles into your work.

Thursday 25th January 9.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 6th March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Session 2: Leading with Care: Compassionate and Inclusive Leadership

We’ll explore the essence of Compassion and Inclusive Leadership discuss about how to do this in a human way. By nurturing a culture of belonging and appreciating the skills of attending, understanding, empathy and support we’ll appreciate our inclusive leadership and its impact on patient care and team dynamics within the system.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of Compassionate and Inclusive Leadership: the significance and impact and the benefits it brings to patient care and teams.
  • Humanising Challenges: how to approach challenging situations with a human touch, integrating compassion and inclusivity into decision-making processes.
  • Cultivating Compassionate and Inclusive teams: actionable ways to contribute to and uphold an inclusive and compassionate culture by unpacking empathy, active listening, understanding and support.
  • Creating a Culture of Belonging: engaged in discussion surrounding the importance of role modelling and reflective practice using models such as Campinha-Bacote to foster communities of practice.

Tuesday 20th February 9.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 27th March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Session 3: Leading for Impact: Understanding Systems Thinking

Everything that we do has a knock-on impact. The way we think, approach a situation, and solve an issue as system leaders constantly evolves. Systems thinking focuses on the processes and interactions that we have and the interconnection – it is squiggly. By understanding the relationships, complexities, and dynamics we’ll explore the benefits and challenges of the systems that you operate in and how to negotiate and influence with impact.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding systems thinking: appreciate the nuances of the system that we currently operate in, we’ll discuss system archetypes, feedback loops and types of systems mapping.
  • Influencing with Impact: identify your own natural style of influencing and how you can use this knowledge to help you enhance your leadership presence.
  • Principled negotiation: learn different ways to approach a negotiation based on the context and relationships involved. Review a practical structure for negotiation preparation and share best practice with ideas and discussion.
  • Relationships matter as a leader: by building and maintaining strong relationships, leaders can create a culture that fosters systems thinking and enables the development of effective solutions to complex problems.

Thursday 21st March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Tuesday 30th April 9.30am – 12.30pm

Session 4: Leading Together: Embracing Distributed Leadership

Diffusing leadership through the systems that we operate requires us have a collaborative and inclusive approach. The ability to be adaptive and responsive means that we need to leverage the diverse perspectives and ideas of others. We’ll discuss motivation and empowerment, coaching and creating a feedback culture that helps us to embrace and embed distributed leadership into our practice.

Learning outcomes:

  • Inspiring leadership: explore strategies to ignite and uphold responsibility and accountability within your teams and system we’ll consider how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation can help to drive engagement and enhance collective efficacy.
  • Performance and strength-based coaching:  acquire skills in performance management and strengths-based coaching, facilitating professional development within a distributed leadership framework.
  • Facilitating courageous conversations: the ability to engage in open, transparent, and constructive dialogue through courageous conversations, enabling effective communication and conflict resolution within distributed leadership structures.
  • Embedding distributed leadership into practice: discussion on embedding distributed leadership into everyday practice within healthcare settings.

Tuesday 23rd April 9.30am – 12.30pm

Tuesday 4th June 9.30am – 12.30pm

Session 5: Leading for Change: The Leadership Qualities that Matter in Inclusive Systems

We are all spinning multiple plates and as leaders we recognise that changes will take place and priorities and our focus will alter. The qualities that we bring such as how we visualise the system, the purpose and how to communicate this isn’t easy. We’ll share best practice with each other when considering the power dynamics, personalities and how to manage transition and change.

Learning outcomes:

  • System visioning: develop skills in envisioning and articulating a clear and inclusive vision for your system using two strategic thinking tools.
  • Managing transition and change: the psychology of managing emergent change and the impact it has on people is complex as everyone responds differently. Navigating the complexities ahead and communicating the purpose and conveying the vision will be outlined.
  • Power dynamics: understanding the intricacies of this, the personalities involved and how we can be catalysts to enable change to take place.
  • Feedback culture: establishing and nurturing a feedback culture within healthcare teams, where continuous feedback is given and received in an inclusive way.

Thursday 23rd May 9.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 3rd July 9.30am – 12.30pm