Leadership Toolkit

A practical "go-to" resource with leadership tools and frameworks that can be applied to be more effective in one’s projects, internships, and jobs.

The Leadership Toolkit is a practical “go-to” resource with leadership tools and frameworks that can be applied to be more effective in one’s projects, internships, and jobs. The tools provide content in areas of leadership that public health employers, UC Berkeley School of Public Health faculty, students, and alumni have identified as essential for success, such as leadership authenticity, building teams, and strategic problem-solving.

The Toolkit aligns with CPHPL’s mission to increase the depth and quality of diverse health leaders and professionals in all health sectors by serving as an innovative, lifelong resource for students and alumni to enhance their capacity to lead from where they are and their ability to create transformational impacts on public health and health care.


Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes, such as public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions, that directly affect people’s lives. Advocacy draws on the ability to use data and research, communicate persuasively, and build coalitions.

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Authentic Leadership

At the CPHPL, we believe that everyone can be a leader and that we can all lead from wherever we are. CPHPL defines a leader as someone who motivates, empowers, and inspires a group of people to work toward and achieve a common goal or vision. This requires that individuals lead authentically, using their unique skill-set, abilities, and experiences to promote healthy communities. Using Authentic Leadership as a foundation, leaders are encouraged to develop these skills for use in various public health contexts.

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Career Development

The lifelong process of managing your career including work experience and personal development in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving career path.

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The ability to convey information and receive information from others effectively in a variety of formats such as new media and advanced technologies. Essential components include attentive listening, clarity in writing and speaking, and the ability to effectively present information using visual aids.

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Consulting is the service of qualified and experienced individuals in a specific discipline or field who give advice or present solutions to a person, organization, or government agency. This service can be performed internally or externally for health departments, hospitals, foundations, health plans, or community based organizations. It includes the ability to identify the various dimensions of an issue, engage in data collection and analysis, establish relationships with clients/stakeholders, and present recommendations for enhancing an organization’s effectiveness.

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Project Management

The ability to plan, execute, monitor, and evaluate projects involving the deployment of multiple resources such as human resources, financial resources, and technology resources; the ability to successfully complete projects on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of all parties participating in the project. You can find some useful templates for project management here.

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Problem Solving

The ability to anticipate future developments and obstacles and translate them into opportunities in the present; the ability to understand a situation, issue or problem by breaking it into smaller pieces; the ability to apply complex concepts, develop creative solutions, or adapt previous solutions in new ways to solve problems.

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Self-Care and Leadership

Being able to balance the challenges of work with the importance of self care is one of the most important leadership qualities. Ignoring the needs of one’s mind and body hurts one’s ability to think, focus, and help others in need. Conversely, engaging in self care boosts the mind, body, and spirit, which lifts those in proximity up as well.

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The ability to develop and promote effective relationships with colleagues and team members; the ability to learn from others, seek diverse ideas and opinions to make decisions and draft plans; the ability to encourage team members to discuss concerns and conflicts openly and to solve conflicts to everyone’s benefit.

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Our Community: Who’s Involved

The CPHPL Toolkit was co-created by students, for students along with the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. The Toolkit is intended as a resource for UC Berkeley SPH students and alumni.

The purpose of this toolkit is to:

  • Provide SPH students and alumni with practical leadership resources to support them in their ongoing leadership development in school and their careers;
  • Enhance their competitiveness for jobs;
  • Equip them to hit the ground running to be effective in their jobs upon graduation and beyond;
  • Increase the impact SPH students and alumni make on organizations and communities; and
  • Provide an innovative source of leadership tools and skills for alumni throughout their careers.