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1 Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine Leading in a Complex Environment Medical Education Workshop Faith Hill School of Medicine University of Southampton

2 Aims of the workshop To consider approaches to education leadership To identify the skills needed for leadership roles in medical education To explore and develop an adaptive approach to education leadership, appropriate to complex environments To share and learn from participants’ leadership experiences

3 Leadership theories: Transformational Leadership Focuses on relationship between leaders and followers Encourages facilitation of shared meanings, values and goals Leader provides the vision, supports the team and looks out for individuals

4 Leadership theories: Adaptive Leadership Based on complexity theory and whole system science Takes account of complex interactions within dynamic systems Accepts uncertainty and works from the bottom up Leaders seen as catalysts for complex, emergent change

5 Activity 1 Leadership Skills In groups, please identify the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for education leadership

6 [This slide contained a triangular diagram (‘Leadership Skills’) from Empey et al (2002) which requires copyright permission in order to reproduce it. See their references below ] Characteristics and behaviour

7 Complexity [This slide contained a rectangular diagram (‘Complexity’) taken from Stacey (1996) which requires copyright permission in order to reproduce it. See the references below ]

8 Activity 2 Simple, complex or anarchy? In pairs – please discuss examples of each zone from your own experience. Where is most of your activity concentrated?

9 Adaptive leadership Complex systems need adaptive leadership Adaptive leadership works with the whole system and the component parts

10 Adaptive Leadership – 4 levels The whole system – values, goals, parameters Pathways – structures Connections – relationships Activities – skills and behaviours

11 The whole system level Identify values Share vision and set goals Manage the holding environment ‘Shape the container’

12 Activity Three What are the values that underpin education leadership in your institution? Please spend about twenty minutes in groups talking about leadership values and trying to identify any shared values

13 Level 2 - Structure the pathways Determine organisational structure Distribute responsibility Decide who does what for whom Allocate resources

14 Activity 4 Activity sheet on structures

15 Connections – Level 3 The quality of the relationships is the most important thing Focus on the exchange

16 Work with diversity  Maximise the potential from diversity  Work with conflict

17 Relationships Add a cartoon or joke of your choice

18 Activity 5 Teambuilding

19 Component activity – level 4 Specific individual tasks Skills and behaviours What people actually do

20 Activity 6 Role play on negotiating tasks

21 Acknowledgements These activities are based on materials originally devised by Faith Hill and Chris Stephens for use at the School of Medicine, University of Southampton

22 References and reading Empey, D. Peskett, S. and Lees, P. (2002) Medical leadership BMJ 2002; 325: 191. Goleman, D. (2002) The New Leaders. Little, Brown: London Harris, C. (2003) Building Innovative Teams. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke, UK. Hill,F and Stephens, C Building leadership capacity in medical education. Medical Teacher 2005; 27; Mennin, S.P and Richter, D. M (2003) ‘The Nature of Curriculum Change: Complicated and Complex’, AMEE Conference Presentation: Berne. Stacey, R.D. (1996) Strategic management and organisational dynamics. London; Pitman Zimmerman, B., Lindberg, C., Plesk, P. (1998) Edgeware: Insights From Complexity Science for Health Care Leaders. VHA Inc. Irving, Texas


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