Executive Fellows bring valuable leadership insights to LSHTM

The first residential week of the Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership successfully launched last week with 14 Fellows joining us from around the world. This course, the first of its kind at LSHTM, was set up to address the lack of strategic leadership courses within health. Fellows spent 6 days in London undertaking a rich and varied programme, highlights of which included hearing candid accounts of leadership challenges from Dame Professor Sally Davies and Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, dinner at the House of Lords as well as participating in simulation challenges to strengthen negotiation and diplomacy skills. Fellows commented that it was “…an impressive, concentrated week of personal development”, with “plenty of humour and fun” thrown in.

An important aspect when designing the programme was creating a Fellowship of like-minded individuals, with peer learning during the residential weeks being of upmost importance to the programme team. The residential sections of the course are an essential component of starting to build this Fellowship as well as ensuring Fellows develop and test their leadership skills by participating in dynamic, interactive challenges. Fellows commented that this experience of peer learning “was one of the most valuable aspects of the course” and that “having the opportunity to hear how other Fellows dealt with problems and issues was invaluable.”

As part of the Executive Programme, Fellows are assigned a mentor within LSHTM who will guide them on their health initiative (a project or policy on which Fellows will focus throughout the programme, selected from their wider portfolio of commitments). Fellows and mentors met each other at a networking event at Keppel Street, hosted by Professor Anne Mills. Fellows commented that this made them “really feel welcome and part of the School.”

Fellows had the unique opportunity to undertake a negotiation challenge in the new simulation room at Chatham House, giving them an “exceptional insight into what is really involved in a negotiation” and helping them to apply leadership theories in a practical way.

This inaugural cohort was comprised of Fellows emanating in equal proportions from high and low-income countries, including North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe, thereby enabling Fellows to expand their global networks and hear diverse perspectives on health issues.

Fellows’ roles included Directors of multi-country regional platforms for both operational and research programmes; National Directors for Public Health from both government and INGOs spheres; Global Health leads from the private sector; and several senior staff at Ministries of Health and WHO advisors.

Professor Richard Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, who spent the week with the Fellows, commented on their energy, enthusiasm and inspirational insights into the challenges of leading global health initiatives.

Fellows progress other important components of the programme while in their place of work, including receiving 1:1 Executive Coaching, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence assessments, and tailored distance learning programmes for development of their health initiative, supported by their LSHTM mentors.

The Fellows will get together in March for another residential in Geneva with our partner institution, The Graduate Institute, and again in Cape Town in June 2018, hosted by our partners at the University of Cape Town. We are all looking forward to getting back together for these enriching weeks.

The Executive Programme Team thank colleagues across the School for their role in the on-going development and delivery of the Executive Programme. For further information about the Executive Programme, please see:

www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/professional-development/executive-programme-global-health-leadership

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