A Ko Awatea paper published in the international journal Leadership in Health Services shares insights into coaching and mentoring for leadership development.
The paper, ‘An evaluation of a leadership development coaching and mentoring programme’, by Lyndsay Le Comte and Beverley McClelland of Ko Awatea, evaluated the Leadership Development – Coaching and Mentoring Programme, which aims to improve quality of care by developing leadership capability. The programme has trained over 400 Counties Manukau Health staff since it started in 2006.
The authors used a mixture of surveys and interviews to explore participants’ experiences of the programme, how they had applied learning to practice, and changes in leadership behaviours. Senior staff who supported participants to attend were also surveyed to understand the perceived value and impact of the programme.
Findings show that almost all participants used their learning from the programme, and most changed their leadership behaviours.
Ms McClelland said that better leadership results in improved communication, a more supportive culture and distributed leadership, which is a style of leadership that focuses on group activities and relationships rather than on the behaviours and attributes of individual leaders. “These changes contribute to better patient care,” she said.
The paper concludes that coaching and mentoring programmes can be an effective vehicle for leadership development.