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Leadership Program

To Faculty and Residents,

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2020-2021 McMaster Psychiatry Leadership Skills Development Program. The program has undergone a substantial redesign to offer a broader exposure to leadership principles and practices that extend outside academic medicine. We would invite you to consider participating.

The program includes: a) a series of bimonthly half-day workshops facilitated by distinguished leaders from business and industry, high-performance athletes, and health care organizations; b) meetings of facilitated Communities of Practice (CoPs) that allow for in-depth and candid discussion of leadership challenges and other professional issues; and c) multiple assessments of leadership skills and areas for improvement. In previous years, participants have felt that the program enabled them to increase their skills and confidence in leadership roles and we are confident that this year will be no exception. 

Entry into the program is by application (see below)  and final decisions will be made by the program faciltators. The program is ideally suited for faculty or residents in the Department who are currently or will be in the near future playing a leadership role within a team, program or organization. Interested individuals who do not have an identified leadership role are also encouraged to apply.

The program will run from October 2020 to May 2021 with monthly sessions on Friday mornings. Participation in the program requires a year-long commitment. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Interested individuals should submit an Leadership Program Application and CV to Lisa Kennedy ( The closing date for applications is September 15, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the program facilitators listed below.

We look forward to another productive leadership program.


Michael Amlung, Co-Facilitator
Associate Professor

Lindsey George, Co-Facilitator
Psychiatrist, HFHT

Sid Stacey, Co-Facilitator
​Assistant Professor

Leadership Program Overview

A key to the long-term success of any department is to be able to develop and support current and future leaders and provide them with the skills and insights that will enable them to perform at the highest level as they take on leadership roles and tasks. 

While there are many opportunities for leadership training, including our own Faculty of Health Science's Leadership Program, for the last 5 years our Department has offered a foundational leadership skills development program, which is open to all faculty, learners and staff interested in improving their performance in their current leadership roles, or preparing them for roles they are likely to take on in the near future. 

The program includes 4 half-day workshop learning sessions looking at general leadership skills (including leading self and engaging others, achieving results, developing coalitions, and systems transformations), Communities of Practice of 8 to 10 people - including one just for residents in leadership roles, and opportunities for mentoring.

We look forward to another productive leadership program.

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, or applying for this years program which will begin in ​​October, please contact Lisa Kennedy (

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