Physician Leadership Development


The work of a leader is based on an understanding of how your own mindset, beliefs, values, and intentions contribute to behaviours that define you as a leader. Self-leadership encompasses the critical role of self-awareness and reflective practice, as well as taking responsibility for your own performance and demonstrating competence in emotional intelligence. This page provides resources to help leaders explore the impact of their own emotions, values, intentions, and assumptions on their sense of reality and on the people around them. 


Self Assessments

Leadership begins with self-awareness. Use one or all of these suggested self assessments to reflect on your current skill level, and to develop a benchmark for measuring your progress.

  • Clifton StrengthsFinder® Assessment
    This assessment, designed by Gallup, helps people identify their talents. Gallup research proves that people succeed when they focus on what they do best. When they identify their talents and develop them into strengths, people are more productive, perform better, and are more engaged. Note: there is a small fee required to take this assessment.
  • Saboteur Assessment
    Saboteurs are your invisible agents of self-sabotage. They represent your brain’s automatic mental habits with limiting beliefs and assumptions about how to handle life’s challenges. You can learn to meet your challenges by activating a different voice and region of your brain that performs far better while producing positive feelings like curiosity, empathy, creativity, and peace, with a laser focus on action.
  • Positive Intelligence Quotient
    PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient) measures the relative strength of your positive mental muscles (Sage) versus the negative (Saboteur). PQ is the most widely used measure of mental fitness. Independent researchers have validated this measure to be the greatest predictor of how happy you are, and how well you perform against your potential.
  • Personal Values Assessment
    Find out what is important to you by taking a Personal Values Assessment. The Personal Values Assessment, created by the Barrett Values Centre, is a simple survey that takes just a few minutes of your time and provides a wealth of information about why you do what you do.

Self Reflection

Regular reflection helps increase self-awareness, and can help you track your progress toward your goals. Use this Self-Reflection Worksheet to prompt your own reflective practice:

The Evidence for Regular Self-Reflection:

Quick Tips for Developing Self Awareness

Introductory Video Resources:

Video Lecture & Discussion Guide

TED Talks

Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you're moving forward.

Articles and Papers

Related PubMed Articles


 View articles about leading self in PubMed.

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attitude of health personnel[MeSH Terms] OR physician executives[MeSH Terms] AND leadership[MeSH Terms] AND character[MeSH Terms]

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