Leadership Development

Leadership Development Program Plus (LDP+)

The Leadership Development Program Plus, or "LDP +," builds on the lessons of ten years of field experience in 40 countries of Management Sciences for Health's Leadership Development Program. The new version retains the process for empowering teams to face challenges and achieve results. It adds new materials to improve country ownership, public health impact and scale up. 

LDP + is a country-owned performance improvement process that engages managers and teams of health workers to improve results in priority health areas. Read more

Key elements:

  • A country-led Steering Committee works with local technical experts to identify priority health areas and propose key indicators and evidence-based public health interventions.
  • Improvement Teams learn leading and managing practices to identify their challenges and overcome obstacles in the way of achieving health service results.
  • Shared Learning Sessions enable teams to synthesize results and identify local best practices that the Steering Committee can scale up to the larger health system.

Senior Leadership Program (SLP)

A key initiative of the LMG project, the Senior Leadership Program (SLP) develops the leadership capacity of senior health practitioners to address challenges and achieve results that are important to the health and health care of their community. Collaboration with LMG staff and Yale’s Global Health Leadership Initiative (GHLI) to further develop the SLP's leadership, management, and governance capacity for senior leaders has started.

The SLP is guided by four key principles:1. Emphasis on health outcomes and systems improvement; 2. Country-driven setting of priorities supported by local stakeholders; 3. Adaptability and receptivity to local needs; 4. Leadership development through applied learning.

The SLP uses a team-based format, with each team comprised of 4 to 6 senior health practitioners, policymakers, and/or researchers. These teams may include senior level managers from directors on up, and may include those in the public, private and non-profit sectors who are responsible for results in a health system at the local, regional or national level.

During sessions, trained LMG facilitators guide field-based project teams through an 8-step methodology that helps embed the governance and leadership frameworks into their work. Between sessions, teams take action to implement targeted strategies, convene stakeholders, and evaluate results.

The program is designed to be delivered in partnership with a local university, so they can continue providing it in the future. In December 2012, it was decided to pilot the program in Rwanda, where LMG project partner Yale GHLI will collaborate with Rwanda University, School of Public Health, and the Ministry of Health (MOH).  Since the program was seen as meeting a need of the ministry, it is now a requirement for hospital directors.