NHS North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy

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Lunch and Learn: Learning to Lead with Courage

Date: 12 January 2022

Time: 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Venue: Online


Leadership Skills Development

Leadership Dimensions:

Lunch and Learn: Learning to Lead with Courage

Learn how to lead with courage

As we move toward becoming ICS’s, managers and leaders will want to know how they can become more effective leaders and lead their staff with compassion through change. This presentation encourages you to engage your heart and mind as you go on a journey to discover how the most courageous leaders think, feel, and behave. We will look at what concepts such as trust, openness, and failure and what they can tell you about daring leadership, and challenge conventional wisdom about how the most successful leaders operate. We will explore the impact of your values, emotions, and interpersonal relationships on your effectiveness as a leader and finally, we will look at why, in a competitive and hostile working culture, you need to let yourselves be vulnerable if you want to get ahead.

Our facilitator, Usha Kaushal:

Over her 32-year career in the NHS as a Pharmacist, Usha has held a variety of leadership roles, working in Higher Health Education, Primary Care, Hospital, Urgent & Emergency Care and as a Superintendent Pharmacist culminating in her present role as the Lead Pharmacist and Operational Lead for Specialist Palliative Care Services, for the NHS 111/Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Advisory Service for Yorkshire and Humber at Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Usha has also undertaken a secondment at NHS England as a national adviser to the Chief Pharmacist office in the Pharmacy Integration/Strategy and Innovation Directorate and was also part of the National IUC Pharmacy COVID CAS Network.

Usha is acutely aware of the lack of diversity and BAME representation at senior levels and is actively using her power and influence to address this issue. She is a member of the WY&H ICS BAME network and using her Nye Bevan NHS Executive leadership learnings is helping to further build networks of learning, support, and shared working to co-produce the NHS we all want that is representative of the diverse population we serve.

Nationally she has engaged with the NHS-Leadership Academy, and the National-NHS Women’s Leadership Conference, leading joint workshop with executive leaders on Intersectional Feminism White Privilege and Allyship. Recently she has been invited as a keynote speaker to BAME inclusion events to promote dialogue between BAME staff and executive leaders and has addressed a number of national Professional bodies. She states that it has been humbling to see people engaging, swapping details, and starting allyship journeys during the events and the comments on twitter, LinkedIn, and the emails she has received have been overwhelmingly supportive and positive.

The session will cover:

  • Vulnerability is an essential asset for innovation.
  • Courageous leaders give and seek honest feedback.
  • Why trust is an important and multifaceted aspect of our working relationships.
  • Why learning how to fail helps us to be courageous.
  • Why perfectionism holds us back from self-improvement and being brave.