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Leadership Essentials [how to become more effective in your leadership]

  • Christchurch New Zealand (map)

About this course

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You don’t need a title to be a leader, and most of us show leadership in many small ways every day.

Gone are the days when one person makes all the decisions. Every one of us has a responsibility to step up and share our knowledge, skills, and experience to enable great collective leadership. This is particularly important in health where we all play a role in getting it right for the patient.

To enable effective leadership, we need to work out the type of leader we currently are, decide on the type of leader we want to be, and then make the change. Great leadership is all about our behaviour and attitude as well as our ability to ensure everyone knows what needs to be done.

Leadership Essentials is an opportunity to identify your strengths as a leader, work out how your values and personality determine your behaviour, consider a range of different leadership styles, and learn more about best practice for effective leadership.

This is a practical workshop designed to get you thinking about the leader you currently are and any changes you may wish to make. You’ll then use this information to create your own leadership challenge.

This is an entry level course and will be of most value to those who want to learn more about being an effective leader and how this will guide your day-to-day leadership behaviour.

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What you will be learning By attending this course you will:

  • Recognise how your values, attitudes, and behaviour impact on your leadership effectiveness.

  • Identify the various character strengths we all bring to leadership.

  • Understand the need for self-awareness and self-responsibility.

  • Recognise the difference between leadership and management.

  • Identify the key elements and practices of effective leadership.

  • Identify your own leadership challenge.

What does this course involve?

  • Completion of pre-workshop reading to get you thinking [15 – 30 mins].

  • Day 1: A four hour workshop [8.30am- 12.30pm or 1pm – 5pm].

  • Day 2: A two-hour small group session supporting your leadership challenge.

  • This course counts ten hrs towards clinical professional development requirements.

Course Feedback

“Though I am a skilled clinician, I am new to management. This course provided an overview of where I need to develop leadership skills together with practical advice about how to implement them to improve my effectiveness in my new role.” Clinical Nurse Specialist

“It has given me more insight about myself and that change starts with me. It has also provided me with tools that I can share with my colleagues as a learning exercise to improve our work environment and team function.” Occupational Therapist

“Excellent coverage of how personality affects leadership and the core values we have. How best to understand our strengths and weaknesses [and those around us].” SMO

“The course has given me practical ideas for how I can apply the learning back at work and how I can continue to apply this in a more sustainable way. The course was also inspiring and positive in its messages about how to become an effective leader.” Allied Health Team Leader

“I found the course to be extremely beneficial and would highly recommend to any Senior Administrator attend.” Senior Clinic Administrator

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Facilitator and details:

  • Jacqui Benter-Lynch - Organisational Development Specialist/CDHB

  • Cost - Free

  • Open to: All Canterbury and West Coast DHB staff or anyone working in the wider Canterbury or West Coast health system

Cancellation Policy

  • Learning and Development require two weeks’ notice prior to course date.

  • Courses are usually full and have a waitlist. By giving us plenty of notice allows someone else to benefit from this development opportunity.

  • It is our policy to inform your manager/professional lead if you do not attend on the day.

For more information, please contact:

The Talent Leadership and Capbility Team on

Phone: 021 485 597


How to Enrol

  • Please also follow your usual departmental procedures for attending a course.

  • If you don’t already have a healthLearn account, you can register for one here.

Earlier Event: 30 October
Interpersonal Skills for Leaders