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Embedding physician leadership development within health organizations

Anita Joanne Snell (Private Psychologist, Victoria, Canada)
Chris Eagle (Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Canada)
John Emile Van Aerde (Department of Pediatrics, Universities of British Columbia and Alberta, Ladysmith, Canada)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 6 October 2014




The purpose of this conceptual paper is to provide strategies on how to embed physician leadership development efforts within health organizations.


Findings from our previous research, which include an extensive literature review and analysis of 53 interviews with representatives from healthcare organizations across the globe, are integrated within the context of the Influencer© framework to provide a useful and grounded tool for physician leadership development strategies.


Physician leadership development strategies are identified for each of the six domains within the Influencer© framework.

Practical implications

A number of physician leadership development strategies are provided. They can be used in combination or used independently.


Integrating the knowledge gained from practices in health organizations and from the literature within the Influencer© framework is a unique approach and strengthens the usefulness of the identified physician leadership development strategies.



Funded in part by Alberta Health Services, Canada


Snell, A.J., Eagle, C. and Van Aerde, J.E. (2014), "Embedding physician leadership development within health organizations", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 330-342.



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