Building Leadership for Health
   Building Leadership for Health        

Building Community Leaders

This course was designed by my friend Professor Randall Peterson to support the personal development of community leaders in Minnesota USA. It has been run successfully for many different groups of adults and youth leaders. I helped Randall,  to modify it slightly to reflect UK experience and my son Tom helped design the layout, but you will need to use it selectively and adapt it to each group of users to relate it to their experience and entry level.


The course comprises 7 learning modules each of which is supported by 18 individual and small group actions and one large group experience, which provide the basis for reflection on aspects of community leadership. Each action and reflection will take about 20 – 30 minutes. See here for a quick introduction and guides for participants, mentors and organizers. You can print copies of the modules to provide a copy for each participant. The modules are as follows:

  1. Understanding my traits, 
  2. Reading the situation,
  3. Mastering the organization,
  4. Appreciating power,
  5. Seeing the vision,
  6. Acting with ethics,
  7. Reflecting on action  


The picture above shows a group of trainee community leaders from Somalia.   

Professor Randall Peterson


Randall  is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School. He directs research on high performance teams, leadership assessment and interpersonal skill development. He developed this programme based on his experience and study of community leadership, while working for the Minnesota Extension Service. I have known Randall  for many years and have been in awe of his knowledge and wisdom. I found his framework for the basis of leadership development, following the modules set out here, provides a clear path to understanding this complex subject. In particular I like his focus on the ethical basis of leadership and the point that it is not enough to be right, you also need the courage to act on your convictions.


Recent Publications
Text book "Global Health Diplomacy", available here.

Paper in SMQ on Value for Money in Behaviour Change available here.


Gateway Portsmouth

Led by Portsmouth City Council and funded by the European Integration Fund has  issued a series of reports setting out lessons for co production and social integration. Read more here. We ran a dissemination day for  representatives of integration projects from 6 EU Countries.


Global Health Diplomacy

I  worked with  colleagues to develop training material for an open access online course, which provides an introduction to the topic suitable for diplomats in training, health advocates or international officials, academics and others including students of global health. See   


We ran a course for IFMSA on global health advocacy in 2019 before the WHA see here.


In 2020 I developed further courses on global health advocacy and diplomacy for Students for Global Health, the Cambridge MPhil in Public Health and IFMSA see here.


Evaluating Health Wellbeing and Behaviour Change SROI

I updated the tools and notes to reflect the  evidence in 2016. I provide a discovery learning course on health and wellbeing evaluation for LA and CCG commissioning teams and health professionals see here




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