Worklife Improvement Leadership Development

Leadership Development for Improved Quality of Worklife for Leaders and Healthcare Providers in the Health Care System

(WILD Study - Worklife Improvement through Leadership Development)

Start/End Dates: 2005 - 2008

Investigators: Cummings GG (PI), Spiers J, Sharlow J, Bhatti A

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Alberta Cancer Board

Grant Amount: $199,687

Description: Leadership development programs designed to enhance both individual and organizational learning is one approach to achieving organizational development and enhanced performance. The Alberta Cancer Board (ACB) identified leadership, staff training and development as priority goals in both 2002 and 2004 business plans and are dedicated to promote the development and implementation of a province-wide Leadership Development Initiative (LDI).

Objectives: This is a multidisciplinary health services research project which examines the outcomes of a cohort-based (communities of practice) leadership development initiative in a provincial cancer agency. This study will describe the experience of cohort-based leadership development and identify resulting measurable outcomes of leadership development aimed to improve the quality of worklife for leaders and healthcare providers.



Cummings GG, Spiers L, Sharlow J, Germann P, Yurtseven O, Bhatti A. (2012). Worklife Improvement and Leadership Development (WILD) Study: A Learning Experience in Leadership Development and 'Planned' Organizational Change. Health Care Management Review, 38 (1): 81-93.

Spiers J, Cummings GG, Langenhoff P, Sharlow J, Bhatti, A. (2010). "But we can't go back": Unexpected consequences of raising expectations through organizational leadership development. Journal of Leadership Studies,4 (1): 6-19.

Lee HP, Spiers J, Yurtseven, Cummings GG, Sharlow J., Bhatti A., Germann P. (2010). Impact of Leadership Development onBurnout in Healthcare Managers. Journal of Nursing Management, 18: 1027-1039.

Sharlow J, Langenhoff P, Bhatti A, Spiers J, Cummings GG. (2009). Learning Together: A Cohort Approach to Organizational Leadership Development. Leadership in Health Services. 22 (4): 319-328.

Wong CA, Cummings GG.(2009). The influence of authentic leadership behaviors on trust and work outcomes in healthcare staff.Journal of Leadership Studies, 3 (2): 6-24.

Cummings GG, Spiers J, Sharlow, J, Langenhoff P, Bhatti A. (2008). Worklife Leadership Development for Improved Quality of Work for Leaders and Healthcare Providers in the Health Care System. Technical Report. #FRN-78701. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Partnerships for Health System Improvement Program.

Lee HP, Cummings GG. (2008). Examining relationships between director leadership practices and manager worklife and burnout. Journal of Leadership Studies, 2 (2): 47-62.