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Bringing Leadership to Life in Health: LEADS in a Caring Environment

Putting LEADS to work

  • Graham Dickson
  • Bill Tholl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Graham Dickson, Bill Tholl
    Pages 1-9
  3. Graham Dickson, Stewart Dickson, Bill Tholl
    Pages 11-39
  4. Graham Dickson, Bill Tholl
    Pages 77-97
  5. Graham Dickson, Bill Tholl
    Pages 99-122
  6. Graham Dickson, Bill Tholl
    Pages 123-146
  7. Graham Dickson, Bill Tholl, E. Hartney
    Pages 147-170
  8. Graham Dickson, Donald J. Philippon, Kelly Grimes, Brenda Lammi
    Pages 217-236
  9. Stevie Colvin, Sharon Bishop
    Pages 237-259
  10. Cathy Cole, Heather Thiessen, Brenda Andreas
    Pages 261-277
  11. Alika Lafontaine, Caroline Lidstone-Jones, Karen Lawford
    Pages 279-298
  12. John(y) Van Aerde
    Pages 299-320
  13. Graham Dickson, Bill Tholl
    Pages 321-330
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 331-334

About this book


This updated volume provides an evidence-based guide to leadership within a healthcare environment. The book discusses insights garnered from research into the importance of leadership in system redesign and the adoption of shared or distributed leadership, with new chapters on the discipline of leadership in health, LEADS as a change tool, and women in leadership. The LEADS framework is also examined in relation to each of its different elements and tools.

The book aims to inform the leadership needs of health reform and its emergent challenges and is is relevant to health care professionals working within both academic and care delivery organisations.


Change leadership Advancing professionalism LEADS and Organizational Culture Discipline of Leadership in Health Evidence-based leadership

Editors and affiliations

  • Graham Dickson
    • 1
  • Bill Tholl
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Roads UniversityVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Canadian Health Leadership NetworkOttawaCanada

About the editors

Graham Dickson is Professor Emeritus at of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University in Canada. Currently he is working as a Senior Advisor to the Canadian College of Health Leaders, a Senior Research Advisor to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders and Policy Advisor to the Canadian Health Leadership Network. He is also a member of the LEADS Collaborative, an enterprise established to develop leadership within the health sector in Canada. Graham was co-principal investigator in a cross-Canada research project on LEADS in a Caring Environment capabilities framework. He also consulted with Health Workforce Australia on the creation of Health LEADS Australia, and the New South Wales Leadership Framework (similar to Canada’s LEADS). Graham is a partner in LEADS Global. Over the past five years he has delivered leadership workshops for the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) in Australia and the Patient Safety Institute in Belgium. In recent years he has delivered leadership programs for King Abdulaziz Hospital in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Health in Bahrain, and InterHealth Canada in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Graham teaches leadership—Strategic Thinking for Results and Leadership Strategies for Physician Engagement—for the Physician Leadership Institute. Graham has also co-authored, with Dr. John Van Aerde on behalf of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL), a White Paper entitled Accepting Our Responsibility: A Blueprint for Physician Leadership, which is currently being used by the CSPL to generate dialogue around the future of physician leadership in Canada. Graham is also doing work with Sanokondu and the World Federation of Medical Managers, two international collaborations that are promoting physician leadership and developing leadership curriculum for residents based on the LEADS framework. Graham has been co-editor—with Karen Owen from RACMA in Australia--of three special edition Emerald Journals, dedicated to medical leadership. Graham has had articles on leadership published in many journals, including Leadership in Health Services, Healthcare Management Forum, and—the Journal.


Bill Tholl currently serves as senior executive consultant, mentor and thought leader in health policy and as Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet).  Until retiring in July 2017, he served as the Founding President and CEO of HealthCare CAN:  the voice of Canada’s health care organizations and hospitals. Prior to his appointment in March 2014, Bill was Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (2009-2014); CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Medical Association (2001-2008), and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (1995-2001). Bill was co-Principal Investigator with Graham in a four-year cross Canada research project on the LEADS framework and has held a number of academic posts over the years, including as an Executive-in-Residence at Royal Roads University (2009-2014) and most recently as a lecturer and mentor in the University of Alberta Fellowship in Health System Improvement program. The Globe and Mail has described Bill as “Medicare’s Mr. Fix-it” for the role he has played in the evolution of Canada’s health care systems.  He is a sought-after speaker, being billed by CHLNet as a “leader of leaders” on the Canadian health scene. He holds a graduate degree in health economics (from University of Manitoba), is a past president of the Canadian Health Economics Association and has written on many topics, most recently as the lead author of a monograph entitled: “Twenty Tips for Surviving and Prospering in the Association World” (Canadian Society of Association Executives 2010) and as co-author (with Graham) of the First Edition of “Bringing Leadership to Life in Health” (Springer, January 2014).  Bill is the recipient of numerous national awards; most recently being appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D), serving on a number of for-profit and not-for profit Boards.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bringing Leadership to Life in Health: LEADS in a Caring Environment
  • Book Subtitle Putting LEADS to work
  • Editors Graham Dickson
    Bill Tholl
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-38535-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-38538-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-38536-1
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIV, 334
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Administration
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
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