Course Overview

Maine's Health Leadership Development (HLD) program is an intensive 16-day program that takes place over an eight month period beginning each September. Monthly sessions are held on Thursdays and Fridays at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, just outside Augusta. A three-day Hurricane Island Outward Bound School session occurs in October. HLD is a unique blend of individual collaborative leadership skillbuilding, combined with mentorships and Health Content sessions aimed at helping individuals better understand Maine's complex, ever-changing health and health care environment.


Core Competencies

The course provides emerging and evolving health and healthcare leaders with the opportunity to develop the following competencies:


  • Collaborative and facilitative tools needed by leaders to bring together diverse stakeholders to better understand and address challenges facing health and healthcare in Maine.
  • Ability to understand Maine’s health sector environment, and to apply sound analytical and ethical reasoning to resolve and improve Maine’s health system performance.
  • Deeper understanding of leadership as cognitive, analytical and intuitive. Greater trust as a leader in employing intuitive skills to be able to look beyond competition and political pressures.
  • Increased understanding of self and others. Reflection on personal strengths, challenges and own standards of integrity, leading to greater courage and self-confidence as a leader.
  • Practice respecting and appreciating culturally diverse leadership styles, creating sustainable relationships across difference, and influencing and building inclusive systems and networks.
  • Increased understanding of the importance of using information, including translating data, evidence, information and cultural perspectives to knowledge, then to action.
  • Renewed personal vision, hope and energy for making a leadership contribution to the health of Maine people.
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