I’ve been fascinated by what leadership is, the effect it can have, and have been exploring ways to improve my understanding of it and my effectiveness in it since the early days of being a doctor. Like many, I’ve experienced many varieties of leadership practice, and have been in the cauldron of that experience during my time as a Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director, and working on big national projects like the Scottish Trauma Network, Realistic Medicine, and latterly on Project Lift. The common thread for me was always how leadership can change the tide for people in their work, and in their lives. We spend most of our waking lives in or around our work environment – why wouldn’t we want to make sure we were getting the best out of ourselves, our colleagues, and our services? This is where the Project Lift ethos has largely come from: a belief that everyone has the potential to be a force for good; for self, team and system.