As a leader, are you 'very good' or 'horrid'?

Posted on October 24, 2017
Posted by Louise Drake

As a child with very curly hair I grew up having the following poem sung to me,

‘There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead,
When she was good she was very good indeed,
And when she was bad she was horrid’.

Like most children I am sure I was both ‘very good indeed’ and ‘horrid’. The final two lines of this poem may seem justified when referring to children who are figuring out their place in the world, but unfortunately they also sum up the experience of leadership for a lot of people. I am sure you can think of leaders you have come across who were ‘very good’ and those who were ‘horrid’.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Leadership; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector.

What is good leadership?

Posted on December 1, 2016
Posted by Louise Drake

Joining Clore Social Leadership as the Director of Programmes and Leadership Innovation has given me the enviable role of meeting the social sector’s most ambitious and engaging leaders. Never more apparent than with the interviews for our 2017 cohort where they were asked  ‘What is good leadership?’

This is one of the toughest questions to answer, not only because one search of that question presents 48,700,000 results on Google, so there’s no ‘right’ answer.

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Change management; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Leadership; Leadership; Policy; Social change; Third sector.

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