Are we leaders?

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What can we do to remove discrimination and promote equality and diversity?

The Leadership Academy last week celebrated its two year success story and posed the question “how will you support good leadership in the NHS?”

I am very pleased to have been part of the Academy’s journey as a delegate on the Nye Bevan programme.  The first set of cohorts have almost come to the end now, and this is an important milestone in the programme as we reflect on the past year and appreciate how all the learning, reflecting, sharing and goal setting really starts to crystallise into something meaningful.

Many of us have been sharing our learning through the use of Twitter and #ReOTD (Reflections of the Day).  This has been fantastic and clearly growing and reaching far wider than was our original intention. We now have messages being posted on #ReOTD from other NHS Leadership Academy programme delegates, from people working in the wider health and social care community and even from other countries! And this is fantastic because the creativity and inspiration that is being shared is having an infectious effect – sparking further reflection.  The networks that we have developed through Twitter have been fantastic; many of those who have been involved and have taken part are keen for this to continue; and so we kick of a new season of Twitter chats Wednesday 10 Sept at 7pm.

A few months ago, I wrote my first blog and actively started using Twitter as a way of growing my network and to share ideas.

My philosophy is very simple, the only person you can change is yourself, I have really enjoyed making the new contacts I have through Twitter, “change begins with me, and as I change, the world around me changes too. Be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi

I believe that the next step for those of us who have been sharing our reflections on #ReOTD is to make this into something lasting and real.  Let’s see if we can support good leadership in the NHS, shape our reflections into ideas, ideas into activity, activity into action and create the change we want to see in the world.

Let’s continue to share our reflections with #ReOTD and lets show how we are achieving the ‘change we want to see in the world’ by sharing our ideas and actions and inspiring others.

The new season of #ReOTD Twitter chats begins with the very important topic of discrimination, equality and diversity.  There is no disputing the evidence that shows us that the workforce in the NHS gets less diverse the higher up the organisations you look; as leaders we need to be part of the solution to this problem by promoting and creating greater equality and diversity in our organisations.

As leaders we need to step up to the plate and take action; to stop looking to others to ‘fix’ this.  It’s up to all of us to play our part.

So what am I doing to support good leadership in the NHS? I am chairing the first new season chat on Wednesday 10 September, usual place #ReOTD and posing the question, “what can we do to remove discrimination and promote equality and diversity?”  I really hope you will be able to join the chat, because your ideas are so important and by sharing them we will start to see the change in the world we want to see.

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