Productive Leader

The Productive Leader

The Productive Leader - about the programme

The Productive Leader is a systematic, evidence-based programme which can help you look at personal, team and organisational activity and instill a culture of improvement at all levels of your organisation.   This programme is as much about behavioural change, as it is about looking at the processes we have in place to do our day-to-day work.  By adopting and embedding best practice in how we manage our workload, run meetings and deal with email, we can get the best out of ourselves and our teams.

The Productive Leader can help you and your team to release the time to reinvest in value-adding activities and enable you to make the decisions that matter.

The Productive Leader is part of the NHS Institute's Productive Series.  Based on lean principles, the Productive Series resonates with staff as it empowers them to drive improvements.  As a participant in the programme, you will be empowered to ask challenging questions about current practices and make positive changes to the way you work.

"This project has helped me and my senior colleagues scrutinise the ways in which we use and abuse our time and has identified areas of waste in our systems and processes."

*Research undertaken by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in NHS England as part of the development of The Productive Leader (2007)

The Productive Leader - programme structure

  • 5 facilitated modules led by your in-house facilitators
  • 5 self development modules -worked through in a systematic way by all participants
  • Participants complete pre-work before module 1 and module 3
  • Each module concludes with agreeing personal and team improvements
  • The final module - Sustaining Improvement - includes action plans for rolling out to the rest of the organisation or adapting to local need and agreeing a spread strategy
  • The programme can take between 8-20 weeks to deliver the first cohort, depending on organisation's capacity, other strategic objectives, and timing

To view certain content on The Productive Leader website,  you need to be a registered user of the NHS Institute website and be logged in.

Only individuals registered with an NHS England email address can gain full access to the site, including viewing downloadable modules and resources.

To access all of the online tools/resources and to book training then your Trust will need to be registered for the Productive Leader.

Registration for Productive Leader is free of charge to NHS England. 

If you have not yet registered and created a profile on our website please click here.

To log in to the NHS Institute website - please click here.

If you are logged in and need to register your Trust then - please click here.

If you are not part of NHS England, please contact us.

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