What kind of provision for leadership development is there in the social sector?
This was the question asked by the Clore Duffield Foundation in 2007. They commissioned a piece of research asking what training opportunities there were for aspiring leaders in large and small charities, social enterprises, social housing and community groups.
The answer? Very little.
They found limited evidence of leadership development programmes and, where investment in leadership did exist, it focused on those already in very senior positions.
The Clore Duffield Foundation has always been committed to developing leaders as agents for change. In 2004 they created our sister programme The Clore Leadership Programme for aspiring leaders in the cultural sector. Based on the success and impact of this, and the Foundation's commitment to the social sector and social change, they decided to take action.
Leadership with a social purpose
In October 2008 the Clore Social Leadership Programme was founded as an independent initiative, and later became a registered charity. Our Founding Director Dame Mary Marsh was recruited to turn the idea into reality, with the aim of offering personalised learning and development for individuals from across the social sector.
Consulting with a range of people from across the social sector, and based on her own leadership experiences including Chief Executive of NSPCC and headteacher of two big comprehensive schools, we created our framework for social leadership.
Launching in 2008, it was a challenging economic climate for any new organisation but particularly those within the social sector. Convinced that the need for strong, courageous leadership was never more critical, in 2010 the first cohort of Fellows began their Fellowship journeys.
Shaks Ghosh CBE joined Clore Social Leadership as Chief Executive in 2015 to build on our success and to forge new ways to build the leadership capability of tomorrow's world changers.