Todd Leader is a Registered Social Worker and was a Registered Community Psychologist for more than 20 years. He has spent his career since 1990 leading service development and transformation, particularly in the areas of mental health, addictions, health promotion, and primary health care.
He has also been teaching psychology in the Faculty of Science at Saint Mary’s University for the same length of time. He is a two-time recipient of Excellence in Teaching awards from the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association, and health services under his leadership have earned two International Best Practice awards, as well as a leadership award for Excellence in Women’s Health. He led the successful transformation of a mental health and addiction program to achieve the best wait times in Nova Scotia (down from 8 months to 1 month for adults, and from 5 months to 1-7 days for adolescents). His work has always been about real change, not just holding leadership positions.
Todd was appointed by the Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness to the Ministerial Panel on Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions, has been President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and Vice President of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. In addition, as you will note on this website, he authored a book that is a how-to guide and a call-to-action for improving the mental health and addiction system…beyond the theory, and beyond the same old approaches used in the past.
Todd has learned a lot about leading real change, and has taught, coached, and mentored many people to become more effective leaders. He has learned about how to address the psychological underpinnings of an effective leadership team in order to achieve collective accomplishments that could not have otherwise been reached. He has learned how to develop inter-agency, inter-organizational, and inter-departmental partnerships that achieve synergy and deep collaboration, not just regular meetings and information-sharing.
If you want to move your team to the next level of real achievement as a leaders, to improve the effectiveness of your collaborative partnerships, or to transform your services to a new level of client-centeredness that is being demanded by the public, Todd can help. This is where the theory ends and real transformational leadership begins.