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FIP Development Goal 6: Leadership development


 FIP Development Goal 6 Workforce Element

FIP Development Goal 6 [w]



Globally, we will have:

Strategies and programmes in place that develop professional leadership skills (including clinical and executive leadership) for all stages of career development, including pharmaceutical sciences and initial education and training.


  • Creation of programmes and strategies for the development of leadership skills (including tools and mentoring systems), to support pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists through their careers.

  • Advocacy for leadership development in healthcare teams, linked to collaborative working activities (for example, promotion of team-based approaches to healthcare service delivery).

  • Ideally, this should be linked with competency and foundation and early year career development activities.

View the FIP Workforce Reference Guide for FIP Development Goal 6 Advanced and specialist development here.


FIP Development Goal 6 Practice Element 

FIP Development Goal 6 [p]



Globally, we will have:

Strategies and programmes for professional leadership which incorporates team- and collaborative performance, service development in line with local needs, and clinical leadership which demonstrates responsibility, accountability, decision-making ownership and professional autonomy.



  • Promote the development of leadership skills that warrant professional autonomy and decision-making ownership, clinical responsibility and accountability for patient outcomes, as well as for economic and environmental impacts.

  • Promote the development of leadership in quality assurance of professional performance (one’s own and team performance) and collaborative approaches to healthcare delivery and in reviewing processes accordingly.

  • Recognise clinical leadership as a means to enhancing quality and transforming people-centred clinical services for excellence.

  • Promote the development of professional advocacy skills to empower pharmacists to effectively advocate for the profession to governments, regulators, policy makers and other stakeholders, and to become themselves key decision-makers and influencers at all these levels.


FIP Development Goal 6 Science Element 

FIP Development Goal 6 [s]



Globally, we will have:

Strategies and programmes for scientific leadership are in place to sustain excellence in pharmaceutical sciences research, development, manufacturing, and regulations.


  • Implement mentorship programmes with experienced pharmaceutical sciences leaders in academia, industry, and regulatory bodies.

  • Establish an inventory of quality leadership programs in pharmaceutical sciences to expand professional development opportunities.



Find out more about the 21 FIP Development Goals for transforming global pharmacy here.

Last update 30 September 2020

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