LeaderNet is a global community of health professionals working to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

LeaderNet is a one-stop shop to:

  • learn – take courses and participate in online seminars
  • connect – network with colleagues and join professional groups
  • find resources – access practical information and tools

LeaderNet affords health professionals the opportunity to strengthen their skills and exchange information and ideas with peers from around the world. LeaderNet.org enhances peer-to-peer collaboration through the use of customized profiles, social media and personalized interactions. Action-learning is delivered through face-to-face and online course facilitation, self-paced distance learning, online seminars, and support for knowledge exchange across global communities of practice.


LeaderNet was launched by Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH’s) Management and Leadership (M&L) Program in 2002 to offer health care managers and facilitators of leadership and management programs a virtual network for collaborative learning, coaching, and support for implementing change in their organizations as well as opportunities to strengthen their leadership skills and capacity. LeaderNet was based on Lidernet, a platform developed in Brazil to support more than 400 leaders who had completed an MSH leadership development program. By 2013, LeaderNet had grown to over 9000 members from 172 countries.

LeaderNet is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Leadership, Management & Governance Project as well as through Management Sciences for Health. In 2014, MSH’s Leadership, Management and Governance project (LMG) and MSH invested in an upgrade to the platform to allow for more dynamic peer-to-peer collaboration through the use of customized profiles, social media and personalized interactions.

The community continues to thrive and evolve through the contributions of members such as you!

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Today, LeaderNet is made up of health leaders, managers and professionals from around the world. The LeaderNet community includes participants and graduates of MSH’s face-to-face Leadership Development Programs (LDP, LDP+), Senior Leadership Program (SLP), and Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP).

We encourage you to join so you can participate in learning programs, engage in communities of practice, and access resources that will help you develop your leadership, management and governance capacity.


LeaderNet offers a variety of ways for members to learn.

Participate in Seminars:

Through LeaderNet we offer a variety of online seminars, typically between 3 and 5 days in length. These seminars are an opportunity to have a focused conversation with individuals from around the world. The virtual seminars offered on LeaderNet are designed specifically for geographically dispersed health professionals in developing countries who have common challenges and are interested in strengthening their skills to improve health outcomes in their countries. Participants and facilitators access the virtual seminar by engaging in an online, asynchronous discussion from their respective locations and at times throughout the event that are convenient for them. Check the homepage for a list of upcoming Seminars!

Apply for a Facilitated Virtual Program:

LeaderNet members are invited to apply to participate in a number of different action-learning programs. These online programs are facilitated and generally include blended learning, meaning that participants read content online, participate in an online conversation, but also do some work face to face with their teams. Courses available for application will be listed on the homepage under the “Programs” tab. We welcome you to ask for more information about any virtual program by writing to us at leadernet@msh.org.

Team-based Virtual Courses

MSH’s virtual learning programs are facilitated by organizational development specialists and experts in key health and technical areas. Programs enroll up to 12 organizational teams that consist of 4 to 10 people who work together on a regular basis. MSH’s virtual programs require that participating teams develop and implement an action plan, a strategic plan, or a business plan.

The programs have been offered in at least six languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, or Russian):

  • The Virtual Leadership Development Program, also known as the VLDP, a 7-month program that strengthens the leadership of teams by identifying key areas for organizational improvements in a step-by-step process. Teams participate online for 13 weeks and then implement their action plans over the next 4 months.
  • The Virtual Strategic Planning Program, a 17-week program that supports teams as they develop an organizational strategic plan.
  • The Virtual Business Planning for Health Program, a 20-week program that assists teams in the development of a business plan for a new or extension of a product or service.
  • The Virtual Human Resource Management Program, an 8-week program in which teams assess their human resource system and develop an action plan to improve priority areas.
  • The Virtual Civil Society Organization Board Governance Program, an 8-week program in which teams develop a plan to improve governance of their board.
  • The Virtual Fostering Change Program, a year-long program that helps teams to identify a proven health practice and then scale-up its implementation.

Virtual Program Highlights

Society for Family Health, a team from an HIV & AIDS organization in Zambia participating in the Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) identified and developed a plan to provide male circumcision in their voluntary counseling and testing services. Eight months after completing the VLDP the team reported that 250 circumcisions had been completed at one of their sites.

Apoyo a Programas de PoblaciÓn, a team from a family planning organization in Peru that participated in the Virtual Business Planning for Health Program secured more than $47,000 from the Peruvian government to make spermicidal latex condoms available for low-income young adults.

Profamilia, a team from a Nicaraguan family planning organization that participated in the Virtual Strategic Planning Program developed and implemented a strategic plan to strengthen their pharmacy services and increase their number of family planning consultations.

Take an Open Course:

In addition to the facilitated programs, LeaderNet offers a number of non-facilitated short courses that any LeaderNet member can take at any time. Please visit the Programs tab to see the “open” courses. New in 2014, there are two courses: 1) Managers Who Lead and Leaders Who Govern and 2) Effective Coaching.

Join a Community:

Browse through the list of interest groups in the Communities tab and request membership in those you have an interest in joining. LeaderNet Communities are an online forum for groups of individuals with similar technical interests to share ideas. We invite you to join existing Communities or request a new Community be developed by emailing leadernet@msh.org. Use the Communities to host rich conversations around leadership, management, and governance and to share best practices, challenges, and ideas with colleagues across countries and programs.

Report your Results:

Members of MSH’s face to face LDP, LDP+ and SLP programs log on to LeaderNet in order to post updates to their Monitoring and Evaluating Results Form, so they may monitor their progress against their intended results. Please go to the Programs tab and find your program and team name in order to update your form.

Expand your Network:

Connect and follow other leaders working in global health by exploring the Members tab. Receive timely and relevant blog entries from leaders in the field on technical topics by visiting and subscribing under the Blog tab.


Step 1: Register

Set up your LeaderNet profile by registering here. You will receive email with activation link from leadernet@msh.org. Click on activation link to activate your leadernet account.

Step 2: Complete your Profile

Login and fill out all of the profile fields. The more information you provide, the easier it is to connect with other LeaderNauts and receive information that is relevant to you.

You will receive invitations to participate in Seminars and to apply for programs.

Step 3: Start Learning!

Join a Community, apply for a Facilitated Virtual Program, take an open course, read through the Blogs.


Having trouble getting started? Email leadernet@msh.org with your questions or concerns.