The Medical Affairs leadership development team works to provide physician leaders with resources and supports to improve their leadership effectiveness to respond to system challenges and improve the quality of patient care.
Medical Affairs’ Executive Leadership Coach partners with individual physician leaders and/or their teams to maximize leadership potential and performance by creating customized one-to-one coaching relationships or learning opportunities. This approach helps clients gain clarity and insight on their leadership impact and performance and also reinforces and prioritizes new learning and its application in the workplace. Our leadership coach maintains a rotating roster of physician clients that she meets on a bi-weekly basis. The focused support includes:
- Leadership coaching tools for individuals and teams that assess current strengths, level of current performance or leader effectiveness, and primary development needs
- Leadership Circle profiles and Team Diagnostic from Team Coaching International
- Leadership Training and Development
The leadership team also provides leadership training to Nova Scotia Health clients and system partners. Nova Scotia Health was a part of the foundational group to create the Physician Leadership Development Program and our leadership team has continued the partnership with Doctors Nova Scotia for the past several years.
Our leadership coach also moderates the Communication and Conflict model of the Emerging Leaders in Academic Medicine with Dalhousie University. In addition, the team supports Departments throughout the four zones, including resident leadership events, which helps build capacity for the next generation of physician leaders.
Our leadership development team works to provide targeted education sessions, workshops and retreats for medical leadership team development.
Some sessions include:
- Department of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Provincial Cancer Care leadership retreats
- Active Hope engagement sessions
With the recent People Strategy and a focus on physician wellness, our team has been working within the organization to improve service offerings for physicians. Recently, Nova Scotia Health partnered with AIR Institutes for a series on building resilience. These sessions were offered in all four zones and held a portion of its attendance for physician participants. Our leadership development team also partnered with People and Organization Services to bring the Life Speak virtual assistance package to Nova Scotia Health. This is a series of self-guided videos and resources on wellness that are accessible to all Nova Scotia Health employees and physicians.
Current Book Recommendations
Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results. Robert J. Anderson & William A. Adams (2016).
Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most. Robert J. Anderson & William A. Adams (2019).
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Brené Brown (2018).
The Gifts of Imperfection. 10th Anniversary Edition. Brené Brown (2022).
Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead. Karen and Henry Kimsey-House (2021).
Positive Intelligence. Shirzad Chamine (2012).
The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track. Liane Davey (2019).
Assessments and Tools
Leadership capability assessments provide important data concerning an individual and their context. We utilize various assessment tools to help our clients gain self-awareness and an understanding of where they are now: current strengths, level of current performance or leader effectiveness, and primary development needs. Leadership assessments are designed to help you reflect on what changes you want to make and to help you create a leadership development plan.
We are certified to administer the following: