Healthcare Leadership Program

CEDIK faculty have designed a leadership program for managers in healthcare or related institutions.  Strengthening Skills for Leading Others, first offered in 2015 to Hospital staff in Western Kentucky, is based on a pre-survey of leadership training priorities for the organization. The program is then adapted and designed to build the skills of both seasoned supervisors, and those who have recently been promoted in their supervisory responsibilities within their work environment.

The program is flexible in its delivery and is designed to meet the hospital’s needs. Options could include a series of five monthly 2 hour sessions, or an intensive 1.5 day retreat. Continuing education credits are available to participants in the program.

Strengthening Skills for Leading Others received the 2016 Innovative Program Award through the Community Development Society for its adaptive approach to connect healthcare organizations with thought leaders in the Community and Leadership Development field.

Program topics are identified through a pre-survey of the interested host organization. CEDIK then connects University of Kentucky leadership experts to address the priority topics. To see an example of what might be covered in the leadership program, here is the outline of the program CEDIK facilitated in Fall of 2015 with Western Kentucky hospitals.  Sessions are designed to include a mix of learning and interaction.

Session 1: Building Personal Skills and Habits for Effective Leadership
Leadership begins by understanding yourself. This session will help participants explore their assumptions, expectations, and temperament for leadership.

Session 2: Strengthening Communication Habits
This facilitated live webinar will provide a very interactive opportunity to test and improve listening and speaking skills. Pre completion of the Listening Assessment required to participate.

Session 3: Addressing Conflict and Reducing Unnecessary Conflict
This interactive session helps participants recognize potential causes of conflict and to identify ways in which to structure conversations and situations to avoid unnecessary conflict. Equally important, the session allows practice of effective ways to address potentially conflicted topics.

Session 4: Planning and Managing Change Initiatives
Leadership is not about maintaining status quo. Leadership intends change. This session explores successful strategies of how to engage your team in planning and initiating change.

Session 5: Stress and Time Management
This session provides tools and strategies for reducing work stress and improving time management.

CEDIK's fee for facilitating the program is contract specific. Contact Melody Nall (859) 218-5949 to learn more about the program.