Fundamentals of Leadership


"People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves." - Deepak Chopra (Author of The Soul of Leadership. New York: Harmony Books. 2010).


This course can be taken on its own or as the first module in our full Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership Programme. Our new programme is designed for healthcare professionals who are existing or aspiring leaders in Evidence-Based Health Care. The programme will help you to thoroughly examine and refine your leadership approach, whilst providing you with practical tools and techniques to address some of the challenges you will face in the context of delivering better patient outcomes.  

This programme is designed to help you develop, apply and enhance the leadership skills you are building throughout its duration. You will gain the knowledge and inspiration to discover and test your new found perspectives, and then feed back to your learning group as you apply the learning in your role. 

Delivered in conjunction with Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the programme is also supported by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM).

If you would like to discuss the course, please contact us at:

The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 5th March 2021. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.

Programme details

The course will examine the fundamental concepts of leadership. Participants will explore some of the core theories of leadership, develop a better understanding of the strengths and weakness of these and a practical understanding of how these how leadership models can be applied within research contexts. This will also encourage personal development through self-reflection and critical awareness.

Participants will complete an online psychometric test in their own time before the course commences. The results will be fed back in a face to face, private, one to one coaching session with a qualified coach. The psychometric test will allow for development and discussion of key themes in leadership such as team working, emotional intelligence and de-railers to achieving goals and key targets.

Participants will learn in small groups alongside tutor-led sessions and experiential learning from established research leaders.


Description Costs
Course Fee: Academic year 2020/2021*subject to annual inflation £4800.00


Prof Kamal Mahtani

Course Director

Kamal Mahtani is a GP, Associate Professor and Director of the Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership programme. He is also the Director of MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews.

Sean Heneghan

Senior Associate Tutor

Sean Heneghan is a Senior Associate Tutor on the Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership programme.

Course aims

This course will enable participants to develop:

  • A clearer understanding of their own leadership styles, abilities and application in research environments
  • An introduction to key components of leadership and how it can be applied in their own advanced scholarship
  • An understanding of the potential role of personality preferences on leadership styles through one-to-one coaching
  • An introduction to the applicability of emotional intelligence in practical research leadership
  • The formation of action learning sets to facilitate longer-term learning and peer support.


Applications for this course are now being accepted.

Please follow the link to the online application form (below) and attach a copy of your CV.

Section B of the form will also ask you to include a statement supporting your application. Please explain why you are applying for the course and give an example of how you feel this training will support your leadership development and career progression.

You will be expected to be able to demonstrate English language proficiency at the University’s higher level

Please ensure you read the guidance notes which appear when you click on the symbols as you progress through the application form. Any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email:


Accommodation will be available on site at a cost of £100 per night. This includes bed and breakfast when booked as a block for each module (5 nights for Fundamentals of Leadership, 4 nights for other modules. (Accommodation costs are subject to annual inflation.)

Lunch is provided and there will be a course dinner at each module. Other dinners will not be provided as part of the course.

Fees and accommodation costs subject to annual inflation.