243571 Leadership disciplines and practice

Sunday, October 30, 2011: 3:20 PM

Henry Mosley, MD MPH , School of Public Health/Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mighty Fine, MPH, CHES , Center for Professional Development Public Health Systems and Partnerships, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC
The strategic leadership principles used in this presentation draws on the vast literature in the field of leadership and will incorporate the five “leadership disciplines” introduced by Peter Senge in his seminal book, The Fifth Discipline. The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990). These disciplines, which are adapted to developing country contexts, include personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, team learning, and systems thinking. The Seminar ingrains these Disciplines and a range of leadership principles and analytical tools through interactive lectures, class exercises and presentations, and critical discussions. Small group work is facilitated with an original computer-assisted learning tool called STARGuide – Strategic Thinking, Action and Reflection Guide.

The STAR is used to represent the five leadership disciplines. The following five questions are used to explore these disciplines in depth.

1.How can I continuously improve myself to become more creative and open to change? (Personal Mastery) 2.How can I better understand my mental models and revise them to enhance my effectiveness as a leader? (Mental Models) 3.How can I understand everything from a systems perspective? (Systems Thinking) 4.How can I nurture action learning among all members of the team? (Team Learning) 5.How can I best nurture a shared vision? (Shared Vision)

The Guide framework outlines the step by step process that participants can use to develop and nurture an action-learning organization. This is led by five guiding principles classified as desired future, current reality, root causes analysis, strategy design, and implementation with accountability. As participants engage in this learning process and work through the leadership discipline questions they will hone their skills for effective leadership by recognizing core concepts and drawing from real life scenarios.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain how to effectively connect program outputs to the needs of the community. Explain the tasks required to produce desired program outputs. Evaluate organizational competencies to perform program tasks. Demonstrate how to effectively engage the households and communities in the decision processes so that there will be real “ownership” of the policies, strategies and programs. Discuss strategic leadership principles.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in international health for 45 years and have taught strategic leadership at the Hopkins SPH and in over a dozen developing countries over the past 13 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.