When things seem uncertain, chaotic and complex, extraordinary leadership can work across boundaries, build relationships, and deal with conflict and gain consensus to act. Extraordinary leaders have the creativity to work through situations ‘the plan’ did not foresee, are politically astute and emotionally intelligent. They understand how to work collectively and compassionately to create new and emergent solutions that keep the vision alive.


At the Fund, we are supporting STP leaders and others developing place-based care to immerse themselves in developing strong, flexible and collaborative relationships that can work with the turbulence that STPs will inevitably face. The speed with which STPs were created has meant that wider involvement has been limited so far. Our experience supporting collaboration with patients, communities and the third sector could help STP leadership teams to engage with all stakeholders to shape the implementation agenda.