Building Leadership for Health
   Building Leadership for Health        

Building Leadership for Health

The Building Leadership for Health programme was first developed in the UK by my team at a major international consulting firm, including my friend Dr Hilary Lines, when NHS Trusts were introduced to change the ethos of the NHS from a culture of top down bureaucratic control to one of initiative and enterprise at every level. We ran training courses in Wales, Northern Ireland Scotland and England to help administrators become managers and service leaders. Later I developed and adapted the materials to provide training in public health management and leadership for my work for the EU with the Netherlands School of Public and Occupational Health.  We helped Public Health staff in countries joining the EU in 2004, including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Lithuania, to adapt to the "Aquis Communitaire" (based on best practice in Europe). Later I was asked to advise the WHO on aspects of its own leadership programme and I again adapted the materials for their needs. Then more recently I worked with the Aga Khan Foundation and 5 East African Universities on an EU funded programme to develop a common curriculum for Nurse Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice in East Africa. I have taught aspects of leadership development in some 30 different countries. Each time I do so I learn from the participants so I'm extremely grateful for all they have taught me and hope I can pass on their lessons.  The Introduction to the course here includes an article from the WHO Bulletin, a presentation introducing the programme some suggested background reading and a framework for analysing leadership skills and a learning log as an aid to further learning from your experience. 


The full course consists of 10 modules each of which may have several elements, but you may wish to select the items of greatest interest to your students:



Graham Lister is a visiting professor at London South Bank University. He has a Master's degree in management science and was awarded a PhD in economics from the University of London for his work on leadership and management in the public sector. He has lived  in Europe, Asia and Africa, working in more than 30 countries. His specialist areas of interest include leadership and management, community development, social capital, economic evaluation of behaviour change and global health and diplomacy. His CV is here.
His life goal is to improve health leadership and management as a contribution to a better, fairer world. 


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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