Shift Change Love Led Leadership (Part 1)

Today’s guest is Sheena Howard. Sheena Howard is a full-scope primary care registered nurse who was born and raised in Ontario. She graduated from Queen’s University School of Nursing, 2003, and began her career in Northern BC on an isolated island as a public health and primary care advanced practice nurse. Through a social justice lens, she worked alongside the community consisting of indigneous and non-indigenous people, to improve access to community healthcare, notably creating the first free birth control and prenatal group clinics, a model for prenatal patients in rural BC.


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Episode Highlights:

We start by discussing her discovery of nursing through a library pamphlet and go on to talk about:

  • Nursing in the small community of Haida Gwaii
  • Her love for primary care nursing
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ patients and providing safe spaces
  • What love-led leadership is and its six characteristics

Check back in two weeks for Part 2 where we’ll talk about how to apply love led leadership into your work.

Key Points:

  1. Make the phone call. Ask for people to share their advice and experience.
  2. There is no one way to be a leader.
  3. Embrace your vulnerability and empathy


“Leadership transcends the personal and the professional. You can’t be a different person at home than in the workplace.”
—Sheena Howard


“Love led leadership allows you the ability to meet people where they’re at.”
—Sheena Howard


“We often want to be seen as a strong leader, but we ask people to be vulnerable and authentic with us. We need to model to them that we’re an authentic person first. It allows us to show up in a completely different way.”
—Sheena Howard

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I am a love-led leader, an inspirational mentor and coach with exceptional communication skills. I am a strategic leader and systems thinker with a proven ability to be successful in change management, team facilitation, project development and management. I am currently working in Primary Care as a full scope RN and am a professor at Fleming College. I am the President of RNAOs Primary Care Nurses of Ontario Interest Group, Co-Founder and Chair of the Peterborough & County LGBTQ Task Force.