Leadership coaching resources
Welcome to our resources page!
This section houses curated resources for members looking for further reading and other ‘toolkit’ type articles to support professional learning and development.
Resources are in 3 broad categories – longer, in-depth reads; shorter ‘how-to’ articles, and books and webinars for following up areas of interest.
- General articles on Leadership: These explore concepts and theories in leadership that underpin effective leadership skills, behaviours and practices for individuals and organisations as a whole.
- ‘How to’ articles: These articles focus on specific tips and pointers on how to build your leadership skills and enact effective behaviours successfully.
- Talks, webinars and podcasts: These often feature leading thinkers in the area who are authors or the above articles.
- Books: These are usually the books written by authors and research profiled above, and to which the articles are derived from or contribute to.
Feel free to email us with any feedback regarding these resources.
How are these articles selected?
Most of the selected resources are publications from general leadership focussed institutions – such as Harvard Business school publications and resources from other professional development organisations, such as the Center for Creative Leadership. As such they are not tailored specifically to a medical or health audience.
Rather, the selection showcases current thinking from highly respected experts and organisations in the field, and are definitely applicable to the leadership challenges facing medical professionals.
This selection shares some of these resources – and provides information and links to how and where you can read and browse further.
The selected publications are by internationally recognised top leadership thinkers and researchers who work in higher education, professional development and research. Most articles are published in peer-reviewed journals and ranked as top thinkers in international rankings and that address the core questions: What is effective leadership? How can we successfully learn and develop these capabilities?
What areas and topics in leadership are covered in these resources?
We have curated this selection to address a series of core topics in leadership and leadership development. These authors and researchers examine – what does effective leadership look like and achieve (in individual leaders, teams and organisations). How can we develop ourselves, each other and our organisations as a whole to function effectively and achieve their purpose?
The sequence of topics you will find resources on:
- Agile, adaptive, and distributed leadership
- Navigating uncertainty and crises
- Leading and navigating change
- The role of self-knowledge and awareness in leadership
- The role of empathy, compassion and trust
- How to conduct difficult conversations and manage relationships in times of conflict and tension
- How to structure feedback so it can be effective
- The importance of psychological safety in teams and organisations
- The role of continuous learning and development – of self and others
- Strategic thinking and planning and implementing new ways of working
- Managing and caring for oneself in times of high stress
General articles on leadership
Leadership thinkers are increasingly focussing on the need to be flexible and fast-moving: Agile and adaptive. The situations leaders face – both day-to-day and more generally – are characterised by much uncertainty, change and ambiguity. To be effective, leaders need to expect that they will consistently need to adapt and change their processes and solutions and build the capacity in themselves and those around them to do this. These articles paint ‘the work of leadership’ against this backdrop.
- The work of leadership
- A survival guide for leaders
- Leadership in a (permanent) crisis
- Cross-silo leadership
- The psychology behind crisis leadership
- 10 characteristics of a good leader
- 3 steps for unlocking your leadership potential
The self as an anchor
These articles focus more on the characteristics of leaders, rather than the work of leadership. This focus draws more attention to the self, the person who is in the role of leader, and how they can use and strengthen this foundation to be more effective leaders. Core aspects of this are developing self-awareness, emotional agility and emotional intelligence for leadership.
- Emotional agility
- What makes a leader
- What self-awareness is and how to cultivate it
- Begin with trust
- Be a colleague that others can confide in
- Emotional intelligence has 12 elements: Which do you need to work on?
- Boost your emotional intelligence with these 3 questions
- The best managers balance analytical and emotional intelligence
Teams and psychological safety
Leadership is by definition a team product – there is no leader without followers. These articles look at things we can consider, team structures, processes and behavioural norms, that we can foster, to support effective teams, and leaders and their colleagues who can speak freely and engage in collaboration and collective problem-solving and decision-making.
- High performing teams need psychological safety
- Strategies for learning from failure
- To improve your team, first work on yourself
- Does your team have an accountability problem?
- Psychological Containment: A critical leadership success factor
Professional relationships and networks
- How leaders create and use networks – HBR
- How to maintain your professional network over the years – HBR
- The importance of positive relationships in the workplace – Positive Psychology
- Building good work relationships - MindTools
Mentors & Sponsors
- How doctors can be better mentors
- How men can do to be better mentors and sponsors to women.
- Sponsors need to stop acting like mentors.
- Women need a network of champions.
- Mentoring and sponsoring: what is your legacy?
- Proof that positive work cultures are more productive – HBR 2015
- How to measure inclusion in the workplace – HBR - 2021
- Why unconscious bias training doesn’t work – the Economist 2022
- Why reverse mentoring works and how to do it right – HBR - 2019
- Names – Why getting someone's name right matters – HBR 2022
- Diversity Council Australia (O’Leary, J., Russell, G. and Tilly, J.) Building Inclusion: An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership, Sydney, Diversity Council Australia, 2015.
Strategic thinking and planning is a core part of effective leadership. Leaders need to see the big picture and the road ahead, as well as be across much of the detail and day-to-day functioning. Improvement planning, analysing and evaluating current working, and being aware of the larger organisation and community needs and developments in the profession more generally are part of the senior leadership remit. These articles talk about strategy, and also the importance of building a diverse team around you – as no one leader can bring everything to the table.
- In praise of the incomplete leader (working in distributed leadership structures)
- Your strategy should be something you constantly adjust
Continuous learning and learning organisations
These articles build on some of the ideas introduced in the agile and adaptive leadership articles. They discuss the relevance of understanding how adults learn and develop, and how organisations can support learning and development more broadly
- The real reason people won’t change
- Making business personal
- How to become more comfortable with change
Managing oneself and Self-care
These articles provide some insight into a range of topics that are part of life, and which can make work difficult and overwhelming at times. This is a look at how we can acknowledge and address the times when we, or our colleagues, are not well, or experience other difficult and traumatic things in their lives that impact work, and how we can support them, ourselves and the work when this happens.
- That discomfort you are feeling is grief
- Avoiding burnout
- Going back to work after a pregnancy loss
- When a colleague is grieving
- How dual-career couples make it work
- MindTools - Social wellbeing: 8 ways to beat loneliness in the workplace
- The power of positive self-talk when leading in uncertainty
- 3 Evidence-based strategies to help leaders cope with pandemic stress
- Rumination and reducing stress
- How to foster resilience & prevent burnout
Leading and developing others and mentorship
Developing others is a central part of leadership. Sometimes this may be through formal or informal roles such as supervisor or mentor, and other times it is more generalised in terms of thinking about particular talent, career progression, and creating learning opportunities and tasks to ‘stretch’ a high potential colleague and provide opportunities to learn and prepare for a next role.
‘HOW TO’ articles
The next set of articles is more about ‘HOW TO’ style articles. These have a more specific focus and they focus on more concrete skills and behaviours for enacting leadership effectively in particular situations or tasks.
Leading exhausted teams
Crisis leadership and uncertainty
- How to lead through a crisis
- How to talk to your team when the future is uncertain
- Communicating in a crisis, What, when and how
Trust and speaking up
First time in management – and managing yourself and career progression
- Moving into your first management role
- 6 ways to become an admired leader at work
- 8 common mistakes that will ruin your image
Feedback – giving, receiving and seeking feedback effectively
- The SBI Feedback model
- How to give feedback people can actually use
- How to get the feedback you need
Leading virtual teams and remote working
Difficult conversations and conflict
- How to handle difficult conversations at work
- 5 steps for tackling tough conversations
- 6 tips for leading through conflict
R U OK? Conversations
- R U OK? Preparing to have the conversation
- Tips for managing emotional reactions during an R U OK? Conversation
- When it’s time to ask, ‘R U OK?’
Talks, webinars and podcasts
- An everyone culture: Becoming a deliberately developmental organisation
- Immunity to change, See their organisation Minds At Work
Please send us any other books you have found useful – we’d love to hear from you!
How to lead through a crisis
We ask so much of our leaders in a crisis. We ask them to be constantly available, informed and able to communicate their technical expertise to a large audience.
Providing psychological containment when times are tough
Psychological containment can provide helpful leadership strategies and behaviours for supporting stressed staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The importance of psychological safety in your teams – and how to create it
Effectively functioning teams not only make leadership more effective, they also spread the load.