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LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework

LEADS in a Caring Environment
(LEADS) framework is a leadership capabilities framework representing an innovative and integrated investment in the future of health leadership in Canada. It provides a comprehensive approach to leadership development for the Canadian health sector, including leadership within the whole-system, within the health organizations, and within individual leaders.  

Lead Self

Self-motivated leaders...

Are self aware
They are aware of their own assumptions, values, principles, strengths, and limitations

Manage themselves
They take responsibility for their own performance and health

Develop themselves
They actively seek opportunities and challenges for personal learning, character building, and growth

Demonstrate character
They model qualities such as honesty, integrity, resilience, and confidence

Engage Others

Engaging leaders....

Foster development of others 
They support and challenge others to achieve professional and personal goals

Contribute to the creation of healthy organizations 
They create engaging environments where others have meaningful opportunities to contribute and ensure that resources are available to fulfill their expected responsibilities
Communicate effectively
They listen well and encourage open exchange of information and ideas using appropriate communication media 

Build teams

They facilitate environments of collaboration and cooperation to achieve results

Achieve Results

Goal-oriented leaders...

Set direction
They inspire vision by identifying, establishing, and communicating clear and meaningful expectations and outcomes

Strategically align decisions with vision, values, and evidence
They integrate organizational missions and values with reliable, valid  evidence to make decisions
Take action to implement decisions 
They act in a manner consistent with the organizational values to yield effective, efficient public-centred service

Assess and evaluate
They measure and evaluate outcomes, compare the results against established benchmarks, and correct the course as appropriate

Develop Coalitions

Collaborative leaders...

Purposefully build partnerships and networks to create results  
They create connections, trust and shared meaning with individuals and groups 

Demonstrate a commitment to customers and service
They facilitate collaboration, cooperation, and coalitions among diverse  groups and perspectives aimed at learning to improve service
Mobilize  knowledge
They employ methods to gather intelligence, encourage open exchange of information, and use quality evidence to influence action across the system

Navigate socio-political environments

They are politically astute, and can negotiate through conflict and mobilize support


Systems Transformation

Successful leaders...

Demonstrate systems/critical thinking
They think analytically and conceptually, questioning and challenging the status quo, to identify issues, solve problems, and design and implement effective processes across systems and stakeholders 

Encourage and support innovation

They create a climate of continuous improvement and creativity aimed at systemic change
Orient themselves strategically to the  future
They scan the environment for ideas, best practices, and emerging trends that will shape the system

Champion and orchestrate change

They actively contribute to change processes that improve health service delivery