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'Having a deeper understanding of myself has allowed me to adapt my approach to leadership'

Posted: 5 September 2016

Bernadette Mossman from VIda HealthcareMy name is Bernadette Mossman and I work for Vida healthcare, a relatively new company established in 2010 with the aim of transforming the care available to older people living with dementia. This is my dream job. My focus is to ensure that each of our residents receives care that is completely tailored to their needs and lifestyle, delivered by a highly skilled, dedicated and compassionate team.

As a leader, I believe that the more you understand  about how you impact on others and the pros and cons of your own actions and behaviours, the more you can reflect on how you can create better formulas to improve opportunities for positive outcomes and actions in the workplace and in business growth and development.

Leadership development allows you to explore and reflect on your style of approach to leadership and challenge yourself on what, why, where, when and who may impact on you in both a positive and negative way. You explore different formulas and tips that allow you to adapt and improve with the goal of wanting to achieve positive outcomes. This is no easy feat and you will feel challenged in many ways. The leadership course you choose needs to be delivered by a highly skilled professional team of facilitators to lead and guide you through the emotions and challenges you face as you develop within the course. I recently completed The Top Leaders course with Skills for Care to challenge and develop my leadership skills, to discover ‘what makes me tick’.

Having a deeper understanding of myself has allowed me to adapt my approach and leadership styles that may have restricted others from performing at their best. Having insight and reading the ‘signs’ quicker that may suggest things are not progressing in a productive way due to team dynamics or leadership styles increases your confidence in challenging malignant approaches in a way that allows positive progression.

Anyone considering a leadership development programme needs to explore very carefully what it is they are trying to achieve and find the right programme for them. The Top Leaders course was very challenging and demanded honest reflection and commitment – it’s not for the faint hearted!  You get what you put in and the results can be very powerful and emotional.  Do your homework – and have a clear insight into the quality of the team who will be leading your course as the journey can be lonely at times and your facilitators make all the difference!  Good luck.

My tips for great leadership

  • Lead with passion.
  • Have true belief in the company ethos in good times and in bad.
  • Inspire others to reach their goals by showing a true interest in their development.
  • Give employees opportunities to excel.
  • Be inspirational.
  • Accept who you are.
  • Gain insight into your style of leadership and how this might be adapted to encourage better working outcomes for your team. 

Develop me

We have a number of leadership programmes to help you develop you as a leader or manager. 

If you're a registered manager... How do you make sure your organisation is well-led? The Skills for Care Well-led programme is grounded in the reality of social care delivery and provides the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, make valuable advances in your service and have real impact in your workplace.

You’ll find out what managers of well-led organisations do to achieve and sustain high standards of leadership and learn how to apply these examples across your own organisation to deliver high quality, person-centred care.

How do you build a more representative and diverse leadership profile? Skills for Care’s Moving Up programme supports and develops managers who are aspiring to work in senior leadership roles and are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. Its aim is to build the capacity for a more representative workforce of social care leaders that better reflects the diverse society we live in. 

If you're a senior leader or director... The Top Leaders programme is for those in the most senior positions in social care and health from private, public and third sector organisations. This leadership development programme will provide you with the opportunity to build integrated peer networks with other leaders in senior positions and to collectively reflect on workplace challenges and the systems you oversee.

If you are a new or aspiring director... New directors, or those aspiring to take up director positions, are often required to rapidly enhance their leadership skills and political intelligence to positively impact on the workforce and services they oversee.

The New Directors leadership programme, developed in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and tools you need to perform effectively as a senior leader in a director role.

For more information on the above leadership programmes please email leadership@skillsforcare.org.uk.