Leadership is a critical component of health system performance. This paper describes a tailored leadership development program for nurse managers in an academic health network in Montreal, Canada, developed in collaboration with a university school of continuing studies. This program is aimed toward strengthening individual leadership competencies and developing a resilient nursing leadership community of practice. In total, 26 nurse managers across the health network participated in the program. Senior nurse directors participated by facilitating group discussions with the nurse managers. Program content was developed through a participative process and in direct response to senior leadership participation through online surveys, interviews and focus groups. An experiential learning approach was used to analyze incidents, explore problems and develop projects specific to the learners' context. The present paper describes the development of this program, outlines plans for evaluation and discusses the lessons learned throughout this process.
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