Transformative Leadership and Practice: What is it and why does it matter?

Facing a Changing World:

Transformative Leadership and Practice


Summer School 2017



The Public Health Association of BC’s 8th annual summer school is fast approaching. This year’s school will take place on July 6 & 7, 2017 at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia Okanagan, and University of Northern British Columbia. Our overarching theme for this year is Transformative Leadership and Practice and over the two day program we will dissect what Transformative Leadership and Practice means and how it can be operationalized to create innovation in Public Health. Registrations are open now and we encourage everyone to sign up early as space is limited! Click here to register!



What is Transformative Leadership and Practice?

Transformative Leadership is an alternative model of leadership which focuses on instilling inspiration, motivation and intellectual stimulation. Transformative Practice is the applied model derived from the theory of Transformative Leadership and works to align an individual’s values to the team’s through creating a bottom-up system where communication is not only required – it is encouraged. The Transformative Leadership approach gives governing bodies the tools to inspire populations to become conscious of their own needs and values while also learning to look beyond self interest. It is holistic in the sense that it encourages individual group members to identify with whole group values.



Why Does it Matter?

Several studies have indicated that Transformative Leadership promises to be a highly effective leadership style as it focuses on an individual, team and organization’s performance through bottom-up processes rather than top-down. Literature suggests that Transformative Leadership behaviours can increase an individuals job satisfaction and commitment to an organization by instilling power to create innovation throughout the organizational hierarchy, instead of focusing it at the top.



What Will You Learn?

In our Summer School, we will explore evidence based methods and several case studies on the effectiveness and the diverse applications of Transformative Leadership and how it can be applied in practice across these Public Health topics; Child and Youth Health, Indigenous Health, Planetary Healthy and Healthy Built Environments, and Immigrant and Refugee Health. Through discussions surrounding the applications of Transformative Leadership in Public Health, we aim to show how a more comprehensive model for guiding change could be established by complementing the facets of Transformative Leadership with the components outlined in a collective impact framework. There will be key-note presenters and a chance to evaluate the case studies presented through a strong focus on discussion, collaboration and creating innovative solutions. We hope to see you there!





The Summer School will run from 8:00am-4:00pm on July 6, and 8:30am-4:30pm on July 7th at four locations around BC.


Registration is currently open and can be found here.