Leadership Program

A key to the long-term success of any department is to be able to develop and support current and future leaders and provide them with the skills and insights that will enable them to perform at the highest level as they take on leadership roles and tasks.

While there are many opportunities for leadership training, including our own Faculty of Health Science's leadership program, the department has offered a foundational leadership skills development program for the past five years. This program is open to all faculty, learners, and staff interested in improving their performance in their current leadership roles, or preparing them for roles they are likely to take on in the near future. 

The program includes four half-day workshop learning sessions looking at general leadership skills including: leading self and engaging others, achieving results, developing coalitions, and systems transformations; communities of practice of eight to 10 people, including one just for residents in leadership roles, and opportunities for mentoring.

To learn more about the program, contact Lisa Kennedy at lkenne@mcmaster.ca.

Program Details


The Department of Psychiatry and Behaviorual Neurosciences is proud to offer the McMaster Psychiatry Leadership Skills Development Program. The program has recently undergone a substantial redesign to offer a broader exposure to leadership principles and practices that extend outside academic medicine.

The program generally runs from October to May with monthly sessions on Friday mornings. Participation in the program requires a year-long commitment. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

The program includes:

  • A series of bimonthly half-day workshops facilitated by distinguished leaders from business and industry, high-performance athletes, and health care organizations
  • Meetings of facilitated communities of practice that allow for in-depth and candid discussion of leadership challenges and other professional issues
  • Multiple assessments of leadership skills and areas for improvement

How to Apply


Entry into the program is by application and final decisions will be made by the program facilitators. The program is ideally suited for faculty or residents in the department who are currently or will be in the near future playing a leadership role within a team, program or organization. Interested individuals who do not have an identified leadership role are also encouraged to apply.

Participation in the program requires a year-long commitment. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Interested individuals may submit an leadership program application and CV to Lisa Kennedy at lkenne@mcmaster.ca.

The application form and deadline for the 2021-22 leadership program will be posted here in summer 2021.

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