Jeffrey Adams, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

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  • 2014 Fellow
    Jeffrey Adams

Executive Director

Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development Institute (WORLD-Institute)

Belmont, MA

Dr. Jeff Adams is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development (WORLD-Institute).  His leadership stems from his experience focusing on strategic message articulation and an understanding of identifying innovative opportunities to influence outcomes in policy, practice, research, and education across the US. The WORLD-Institute is an innovative academic/ practice collaboration between Arizona State University(ASU) and the Harvard Affiliated - Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute aimed at addressing leadership policy, practice, research, education through accelerating innovation and pooling knowledge, expertise, and resources to identify, quantify and develop exemplary leadership.  

Dr. Adams is also the Director of the Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership in collaboration with the American Association for Physician Leaders, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and ASU. Jeff is a member of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The AAN Expert Panel on Building Systems Excellence has selected his work to serve as the panel’s model.  In August 2016, he co-led the Expert Panel’s elite invitational Richmond Summit focused on Executive Nurse Leadership and the Quadruple Aim.  Later that year was elected to serve as the Expert Panel's Chairperson.  

Dr. Adams’ two published models are widely used to frame policy and practice work, 1) The Adams Influence Model (AIM) defines the factors, attributes and process of influence & power and 2) The Model of the Interrelationship of Leadership, Environments and Outcomes for Nurse Executives (MILE ONE) synthesizes existing literature to provide structure of emphasis for nursing administration education and care delivery roles.  He is also the lead developer of the MGH Model for Innovation in Care Delivery, identifying the relationship between innovative process and products. With RWJF ENF colleagues, he recently developed the Leadership Influence Self Assessment (LISA) instrument.  In his groundbreaking multi-source funded study, using his Leadership Influence over Professional Practice Environment Scale he led the team that first identified a relationship between leadership and patient experience quality outcomes across 30+ acute care sites throughout the United States.  Dr. Adams is on the editorial advisory board of the 

Most importantly he is Dad to Tieren, Kallen and Sabine.