The Relational Leadership Institute (RLI)
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The Relational Leadership Institute (RLI)

The Relational Leadership Institute is an in-depth, multi-session learning and skill development program for healthcare professionals.

The Relational Leadership Institute (RLI)

The program format is flexible and typically involves 18-32 hours of learning and practical experience, broken into 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour modules over a three-month period of time.

Designed for either intact teams or cohorts of individuals from multiple teams, and using large group didactic sessions and facilitated small breakout groups, participants dig deeply into core Relational Leadership and Teaming concepts. Topics include Narrative Leadership, Teaming and Psychological Safety, The Dynamics of Self and Teams, Building a Culture of Feedback, and Conflict Diagnosis. Over the course of the learning experience, participants apply their new competencies to leadership priorities and challenges in which they’re already engaged, sharing their insights, experiences, and learnings with colleagues.

Multi-session programs, like RLI, are often designed to focus on building local capacity for ongoing sustainability and scale through our Leadership Pathway. Program alumni are encouraged to serve as facilitators, trainers, and coaches for future cohorts, building a pipeline of leaders. Each institution can develop a self-sustaining Leadership Pathway that expands over time.

We are proud to partner with the following organizations to offer multi-session programs based on this design:

  • Cambia Health Foundation
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Sam Houston State University School of Nursing
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Utah

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"In a healthcare system fraught with silos and computer screens, we need the human voice — a personal connection — now more than ever. That's the work of Intend Health."

Matt Lewis, PhD

Strategic Consultant

"I have employed and used so much of my Relational Leadership experience and training from Intend Health to work."

Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

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Shani Truong

Family Medicine Resident, UC Davis San Joaquin General Hospital

“Relational Leadership is what keeps me going. When I feel overwhelmed, stressed, down, I turn to members of the Relational Leadership community for support and resilience. We genuinely care about each other. We put ‘people first,’ truly, in our work together.”

Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH

Assistant Dean for Clinical Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

"The leadership skills, relationships, and perspective I have gained through my involvement in Intend Health have shaped the clinician, educator, and leader I am today."

Kyle Turner, PharmD

University of Utah

“So far, my experience in this Relational Leadership course has been THE highlight of my leadership journey. This program exceeded my expectations. I have been sharing the content with my colleagues who are also inspired by it. Thank you for making the world a better place one Relational Leadership course at a time.”

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“A big impact that Intend Health has on me is it makes me more humble, kinder, more intuitive, a better listener, and I’ve been able to teach the skills I’ve learned to others. All of this makes me a better team member, and I think that that's integral to what Intend Health teaches — we need high functioning teams to provide the best care.”

Student Action Network Participant

“Relational skills are particularly important right now because they’re rooted in people, with the fundamental assumption that we are good and have common values. If I can approach with unconditional positive regard and build in psychological safety, who knows what we can accomplish, despite the chaos around us.”

Lexy Kliewer, LCSW

Oregon Health and Science University

"This year, there's been so much change with COVID, with work, with everything. But I feel like the PCP Student Action Network has been that constant that I could always just count on. And my favorite part is that no matter how stressful work was, no matter how stressful the year was, whenever it came time for a PCP call or any PCP anything, it's always something that I look forward to."

Student Action Network Coach

“I participated in RLI [the Relational Leadership Institute]... and my world has not been the same since. The community that I’ve gained at RLI has been extraordinary. Being part of RLI means being connected to a diverse, interdisciplinary community that breaks down the walls that are typical in academic medicine.”

Katie Gradick, MD, MHS

University of Utah

"I think the collaborative work that Intend Health does to recruit bright, energized, resilient, diverse, and compassionate primary care physicians all over the country will be even more impactful. Intend Health's efforts will be a big part of the solution to mend our ailing primary care infrastructure in the coming years."

Peter Meyers, MD, MPH

Family Physician, Minnesota Community Care

“Over 100 members of the UNC community have participated in our Relational Leadership Institutes… one word stands out for me in our evaluations — regardless of whether cohorts met in person or via Zoom — and that word is transformative."

Josh Hinson, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work

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