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Paradoxes of multi-level leadership: Insights from an integrated care system (2023)
Journal Article
Bolden, R., Kars, S., Jarvis, C., & Sheffield, R. (2023). Paradoxes of multi-level leadership: Insights from an integrated care system. Journal of Change Management, 23(4), 337-357. https://doi.org/10.1080/14697017.2023.2234388

In this paper, we draw on systems leadership, complexity and paradox theory to elucidate the tensions that organisational actors experience when practising multi-level leadership. We explore these issues through a study of the perceptions and experie... Read More about Paradoxes of multi-level leadership: Insights from an integrated care system.

An emergent process for activating system change: Insights from Golden Key Bristol (2022)
Journal Article
Fouracre, B., Fisher, J., Bolden, R., Coombs, B., Isaac, B., & Pawson, C. (2022). An emergent process for activating system change: Insights from Golden Key Bristol. Housing, Care and Support, 25(3/4), 250-261. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-12-2021-0039

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present insights into the way in which system change can be activated around the provision of services and support for people experiencing multiple disadvantages in an urban setting. Design/methodology/approac... Read More about An emergent process for activating system change: Insights from Golden Key Bristol.

Systems change for multiple complex needs: A practical tool (2022)
Report
Bolden, R., Isaac, B., Pawson, C., & Gasper, R. (2022). Systems change for multiple complex needs: A practical tool. Bristol: Golden Key

This tool is intended to be used by anyone who is developing or running a systems change activity or project for people with multiple complex needs. We encourage you to use the tool to identify practical actions in seven key areas which can improve t... Read More about Systems change for multiple complex needs: A practical tool.

Golden key local evaluation - Phase 5 final report (2022)
Report
Isaac, B., Pawson, C., Bolden, R., Warren, S., Buser, M., & Anning, A. (2022). Golden key local evaluation - Phase 5 final report. Bristol: Golden Key

This final local evaluation report marks the culmination of an intensive eight-years following the work of Golden Key (GK) to transform services for people in Bristol with severe and multiple disadvantage. Previous phases of the local evaluation hav... Read More about Golden key local evaluation - Phase 5 final report.

Addicted to leadership: From crisis to recovery (2022)
Book Chapter
Hartley, L., & Bolden, R. (2022). Addicted to leadership: From crisis to recovery. In Post-Pandemic Leadership: Exploring solutions to a crisis (112-126). Abingdon: Routledge

This chapter looks at why we default towards toxic types of leadership and compares this behaviour to the drivers behind drug and alcohol addiction. Changing our mental models of leadership, the authors argue, is akin to the process of recovery. They... Read More about Addicted to leadership: From crisis to recovery.

No going back! Implications of the pandemic for leadership practice and organisation development in health and care (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Bolden, R. (2021, November). No going back! Implications of the pandemic for leadership practice and organisation development in health and care. Presented at International Conference on Social Research and Innovation (ICSRI), Villa College, Maldives

This keynote address will outline findings from two recent studies of leadership practice and organisation development (OD) in the UK health and care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first study looks at the lived experience of NHS staff and... Read More about No going back! Implications of the pandemic for leadership practice and organisation development in health and care.

Golden Key local evaluation: Review of phase 4 system change case studies (2021)
Report
Bolden, R., Isaac, B., Pawson, C., Griffin, E., & Gasper, R. (2021). Golden Key local evaluation: Review of phase 4 system change case studies. Golden Key Bristol

This report summarises findings, insights and recommendations from Phase 4 of the local evaluation of Golden Key, a partnership of statutory and not-for-profit agencies across Bristol who are piloting new approaches to service delivery and mobilising... Read More about Golden Key local evaluation: Review of phase 4 system change case studies.

Developing inclusive leadership: Insights from our work with the NHS leadership academy (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Bolden, R., & Jarvis, C. (2021, July). Developing inclusive leadership: Insights from our work with the NHS leadership academy. Presented at 11th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference, London Metropolitan University

With a workforce of 1.5 million, the National Health Service (NHS) is the fifth largest organisation in the world. Despite its commitment to provide “a comprehensive service, available to all irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orie... Read More about Developing inclusive leadership: Insights from our work with the NHS leadership academy.

The rhetoric and reality of systems leadership (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Bolden, R. (2021, February). The rhetoric and reality of systems leadership. Presented at Academi Wales Winter School, Online

Heralded as a means for improving collaboration and alignment between agencies, communities and providers, ‘system(s) leadership’ is becoming increasingly advocated in public services. In the clamour and enthusiasm with which it has been embraced, ho... Read More about The rhetoric and reality of systems leadership.