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Strategic Leadership Circles

Strategic Leadership Circles

Transformative conversations for senior healthcare leaders

  • Application Deadline

    Fri 2 August

Upcoming dates for:
Strategic Leadership Circles 2024

  • Second programme

    Wed 7 August — Wed 11 December

As a senior leader in healthcare, you’re constantly navigating challenges. But where do you turn for authentic connections, reflection and personal growth? 

Rethink your leadership assumptions and approach challenges with fresh creativity. Secure your spot in our exclusive Strategic Leadership Circles and ignite your leadership potential. 

Taking place on a Wednesday, every two weeks, participants will engage with global leaders, gain diverse insights and forge lasting bonds. 

Reasons for joining our Strategic Leadership Circles

Expertly guided by insight, academic rigour and practical leadership strategies, participants will explore questions such as:

  • What kind of leader do I aspire to be in the next chapter of my life and career?
  • What unique qualities and actions do I offer that no one else can?
  • How can I galvanise my personal strengths to inspire and motivate others?

Potential benefits for participants include:

Transformative Conversations: engage in discussions that spark innovative leadership.

Peer insights: harness fresh insights, enhancing your decision-making and effectiveness.

Reimagined leadership: channel your creativity and redefine your leadership, personally and professionally. 

Instant 360 degree insights: gain real-time feedback from trusted peers to enrich your leadership. 

Lead authentically: develop effective strategies using the latest insights from group and leadership psychology. 

Who is this for? 

Our Strategic Leadership Circles are designed for senior healthcare leaders worldwide, spanning both public and private sectors, from hospitals to primary care. Whether you’re a senior manager, a lead clinician or consultant from any clinical background, or a GP with leadership responsibilities, this program is for you. 

You bare your heart and share things you wouldn’t under normal circumstances. You get to know each other very quickly. There’s that sort of intense, shared experience that comes from speaking to each other’s lives. 

Sarah, Medical Director

Programme directors

Professor Michael Fischer, PhD (Lond) Mem.Inst.G.A. PCC FRAI FHEA, has 30 years' experience developing leaders. An award-winning business school professor, group analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, he has taught senior leadership programmes at the University of Oxford, King's College London and the University of Melbourne. His extensive leadership experience as an NHS clinical director and consultant psychotherapist inform his work as an ICF accredited executive coach. With a PhD from Imperial College, University of London, he is an expert in melding psychological insights with strategic organisational change.

Dr Rachel Gibbons, GMC FRCPsych, M.Inst.Psychoanal, Mem.Inst.G.A, is a renowned psychoanalyst, group analyst, consultant psychiatrist and organisational consultant in the health sector. She has 20 years of leadership within the NHS, and she was also the National Director of Therapies for the Priory Group, directing therapy services for over 100 hospitals. She holds prominent positions as Chair of the Patient Safety Group, Chair of the Working Group on the Effect of Suicide and Homicide on Psychiatrists, and Vice Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

Design: how we will work

Strategic Leadership Circles will take place online (via Zoom) every two weeks. All dates are on a Wednesday at 7:30am - 8:45am (UK time). 

March - July 2024 programme dates: 

  • March 06
  • March 20
  • April 03
  • April 17
  • May 01
  • May 15
  • May 29
  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 10

August - December 2024 programme dates:

  • 7 August
  • 21 August
  • 4 September
  • 18 September
  • 2 October
  • 16 October
  • 30 October
  • 13 November
  • 27 November
  • 11 December

Through this exceptional coaching, our leadership team elevated its performance to lead the hospital with greater clarity, cohesion and thoughtfulness. Not only do we provide a superior work environment for staff, but better care for our patients. 

John, CEO

During the programme and afterwards

Basecamp is our virtual hub where the participants of the programme have their own private space for keeping in touch and continuing the learning between circles. Basecamp also hosts the Tavistock Community, a place for alumni to meet colleagues, continue their learning, exchange ideas, develop practice, expand learning or work together, under the umbrella of Tavistock ‘thinking’.

Next steps

To join the programme, complete the online application form. All potential participants will be invited to a conversation with the Directors, before their place is confirmed.

Payment details will be sent once your place is confirmed. Please note the fee for the March-July 2024 programme is £1500. If participants wish to continue in the July-December 2024 programme, they will need to pay a further £1500, payable in summer 2024.

Each cohort will be limited to 14 places.

If you have any questions and/or would like a conversation about the Strategic Leadership Circles with one of the directors, please contact Meg Davies, Professional Development Manager at: m.davies@tavinstitute.org

Get in touch

If you have any questions and/or would like a conversation with one of the directors about this programme, please fill in the form below and Meg Davies will get back to you.

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