‘Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership, was the speaker at a joint Registered Manager network event held in Bristol on 24th October. The event, attended by over 70 Managers from across the region, focused on leadership: firstly, on how to strengthen your own leadership and the leadership of your teams; and secondly, looking at how you could use systems leadership approaches to get involved in health and social care integration.
The basic idea is that leadership is grounded in your everyday behaviours and situations – it’s not dependent on where you are in an organisation, or what your role is. So leadership is for everyone, from Care Assistant to Board member. And there are practical steps you can take, and free resources, like the Leadership Qualities Framework, to help you.
You can then extend this idea of leadership to leading across organisational and sector boundaries – this is the basis of Systems Leadership, which is how you lead when you need to work closely with people in other sectors, who might well have different languages and perspectives; when you’re not in charge; and when money is tight. Again, there are clearly described ways of leading well in systems, that anyone can adopt and practice. Part of the day involved participants mapping who they knew in their own systems – and people were often better-connected than they realised.
But the basic message is that wherever you are leading, good leadership makes a positive and effective difference to the quality of your service and the lives of people you support. And everyone has it in them to become a better leader.
There is more information about Systems Leadership, and how to get involved in funded projects in the blog.
The links to the presentations can be found at: