Accelerating Leadership Practices and Capabilities

Leadership Tools (Inventory, Community for Practice)

Leadership Development Self-Assessment (available to Network Partners only)

LEADS Community for Practice (available to Network Partners only)

Leadership Inventory


Leading Thru COVID Project

Phase I findings from our action research project to curate current leadership practices during COVID and what new practices should be employed to build our future health and care system is synthesized in a two-page Executive Summary. Our two peer reviewed articles are now published on The relevance of the LEADS framework during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Leading through the first wave of COVID: a Canadian action study. Our widened sample of Phase 2 interviews funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, Healthcare Excellence Canada and Interior Health were completed this summer.  Data analysis is underway to gather the challenges health leaders face, their observations of the change needed in our health system, and the leadership capabilities required for 21st century care.  Our initial findings were shared at our November Roundtable. We send our gratitude to those Canadian health leaders on the front line of this pandemic who took the time to share their experiences with us. For more details contact Kelly (

LEADS Framework Overview

LEADS in a Caring Environment (LEADS) framework is a leadership capabilities framework representing an innovative and integrated investment in the future of health leadership in Canada. It provides a comprehensive approach to leadership development for the Canadian health sector, including leadership within the whole-system, within the health organizations, and within individual leaders. For more information, click here.

LEADS Global

LEADS Global is an organization dedicated to sharing, with willing international partners, their experience with using LEADS to catalyze health leadership across the globe. In partnership with LEADS Canada, and led by a team of experienced health leaders, from Canada and abroad, LEADS Global is dedicated to building an understanding of moral and ethical leadership and how to enact it for the betterment of health care across the world.

Bringing Leadership to Life in Health 2020 documents just how important high quality, modern leadership – LEADS– is to health care. Leadership’s job is to integrate services across the continuum of care, create psychologically healthy workplaces, and stimulate people-centered service reforms. The second edition features over 35 new stories of how LEADS has been put to work in practice. The authors have curated well over 200 health-specific research articles on the importance of leadership to organizational and system performance. Five invited chapters—including chapters on themes of Indigenous leadership, people-centered leadership, leadership in the professions, global leadership efforts, and leadership in provincial health regions—are a welcome addition. And, it provides independent evidence of the ongoing construct and face validity of the LEADS framework.

LEADS Collaborative / LEADS Canada

CHLNet is a founding partner in the LEADS Collaborative to coordinate the delivery of LEADS-based leadership programs by LEADS-qualified facilitators, consultants and executive coaches.  CHLNet serves primarily as a knowledge mobilizer or “broker”, driving traffic to our network partners, sharing LEADS knowledge and resources, and encouraging partnering organizations to use LEADS-based solutions for leadership development succession planning and talent management for their employees.  CHLNet also plays a lead role in ever-greening the framework and expanding the range of LEADS-based tools available.

LEADS Collaborative Steering Group – Terms of Reference
LEADS Canada Website

Learn more about the LEADS Framework and its components

LEADS Genesis (History of the program)
LEADS Brochure (English) / LEADS Brochure (French)
LEADS Key Points (English) / LEADS Key Points (French)
LEADS at a Glance (English)

LEADS Executive Summaries / Atteindre des Résultats LEADS

Lead Self  /  Être son propre leader
Engage Others  /  Engager les autres
Achieve Results  /  Atteindre des résultats
Develop Coalitions  /  Développer des coalitions
Systems Transformation  /  Transformer les systèmes

Discover how the LEADS framework can help you become a more effective health leader or promote leadership within your organization.  Contact the LEADS Canada  for more information.