Head of the London Leadership Academy, Anne-Marie Archard, reflects on a day that left leaders feeling inspired and hungry for more.
As people began to pour into the main room of our Leadership Summit on the 22 March, I knew from the buzz of energy that the day was going to be a good one. The LLA team hosted over 250 people who all came on the day with an open mindset and an eagerness to learn some practical tools and ideas to help them lead better across London’s healthcare system. Many delegates were there as their first experience of leadership development – frontline staff and middle managers who are usually too stretched to take the time and space they need to develop themselves. Others were established Learning and Organisation Development practitioners and experts in coaching and facilitation, who were eager to learn new hot-off-the-press theories and concepts to expand their knowledge. Some were there for the Leading Across Systems workshops – those who see in their day-to-day work the complexities of integrating London’s health and social care system, and who are facing the unique challenges of trying to lead with vision and bring people together from totally different teams and organisations. Finally, others were there to see how they can become advocates for equality and change in the NHS – those who know that an innovative, inclusive and diverse health service is one that is best placed to meet the needs of the population.
Thanks to the fantastic work of the London Leadership Academy team and our amazing partners, all 26 workshops were full to the brim and left people inspired and hungry for more. The Summit did what it says on the tin, and gave participants ‘Leadership Development in Practice’. We asked attendees to reflect on their learning for the day, and give us back one practical example of how they were going to use their learning. We will be following up with these commitments on social media via our Twitter @NHSLLA so please do join in there.
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