Virtual Leadership Development Program
Throughout the world, forward-thinking
organizations and governments are working to strengthen their leadership
and management capabilities. MSH's Management and Leadership Program
offers the VLDP to help managers strengthen their leadership skills
and to more effectively meet organizational challenges in a rapidly
Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) is an integrated
learning program that extends leadership development opportunities
into the workplace for health managers and their teams, who seldom
have the time or the resources to attend offsite leadership development
programs. The program is designed for teams rather than individual
managers; workgroups enroll together to develop action plans and
then set these plans into motion at their workplaces.
The VLDP uses a blended-learning model, combining
both face-to-face training activities and distance learning. Experienced
MSH staff facilitate the 12-week virtual leadership development
program, providing support and feedback to participants via e-mail
and postings on the VLDP Web site. Participants have access to
this Web site during the program. They also get a CD-ROM for access
to materials offline, and a printed workbook for team activities.
With coaching and support from the facilitators, participants work
together in small teams to identify the key challenges facing their
organizations and to plan ways to meet these challenges.
After completing the program the teams continue
to receive follow-up support. They can communicate with facilitators,
participate in a virtual leadership network, and access leadership
development materials and events. Designed for both public and
private sector managers, VLDP activities are easily integrated
with other training and technical assistance.
Three Spanish language VLDPs were delivered to
teams from health service institutions in eight countries during
2002 and 2003. In 2004, the VLDP will be offered in Portuguese
to HIV/AIDS NGOs in Brazil and in English to health organizations
facing the HIV/AIDS challenge in Africa.
information on the VLDP - [PDF - 342KB]
about the VLDP's impact on an organization in Kenya.
Learn about VLDP role in Strengthening Leadership in the Belize
Ministry of Health
of the First VLDP - [PDF - 290KB]
Evaluation of the First Three VLDPs - [PDF - 200KB]
Inquiry on the VLDP in the Caribbean - [PDF - 331KB]
VLDP - Strengthening Teams to Improve Health Service Delivery in Africa - [PDF - 324KB]
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