Fueling Leadership in Yourself (FLY)

Fueling Leadership in Yourself (FLY)

Purpose: Leadership development may be a key strategy to enhance job satisfaction, reduce burnout and improve patient safety in health-care systems. This study aims to assess feasibility of a leadership development series in an effort to invigorate a collaborative culture, create peer networks and elevate autonomy in daily work.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors implemented a collectivistic leadership development series titled Fueling Leadership in Yourself. The series was designed for all types of health-care workers in the medicine service at a tertiary referral center for veterans. Two series of leadership development sessions with varied experiential learning methods were facilitated by content experts. Subjects focused on leadership approaches and attributes applicable to all roles within a health-care system. The authors collected participant perceptions using pre- and post-series surveys. Primary outcomes were understanding and applicability of leadership concepts, employee engagement in leadership, satisfaction with training and work environment and qualitative reflections.

Findings: A total of 26 respondents (of 38 participants) from 8 departments and several role types increased their knowledge of leadership techniques, were highly satisfied with and would recommend the series and found leadership principles applicable to their daily work. Participants continued to use skills years after the series.

Practical implications: Short, intermittent, collectivistic leadership development sessions appear effective in expanding knowledge, satisfaction and skills used in daily practice for a diverse group of health-care workers.

Originality/value: Novel programmatic aspects included inviting all types of health-care workers, practicing universally applicable content and using a variety of active, experiential learning methods.

Rank: 101
First Author: Houchens
Outcome: Intervention Experience,Awareness,Job Satisfaction
Outcome p-value: Intervention Experience:⭑⭑⭑, Awareness:⭑, Job Satisfaction:●
Intervention Category: Health Literacy and Anti-Stigma
Time per Employee (hours): 8
Hours per Employee: 8
D&B Study Quality Rating: 10
Reviewer Confidence: 2
Country: US
Study Design Type: Case Study
Materials Available to Implement: Intervention outlined in publication. Corresponding author: nathanho@med.umich.edu
Organiz./Individ. Focus: Individual
Prevention Category: Primary
Effect size Small:
Effect size Medium:
Reference: Houchens, N., Sivils, S. L., Koester, E., Ratz, D., Ridenour, J., & Saint, S. (2021). Fueling leadership in yourself: a leadership development program for all types of health-care workers. Leadership in Health Services, 34 No. 2, pp. 98-111. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-06-2020-0037