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Good leadership

Posted on January 17, 2017
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Paul Farmer is the CEO of Mind, and Chair of ACEVO.  Paul’s blog is in response to our third report, Leadership Development in the Third Sector: Bridging Supply and Demand.  

A New Year always means new plans, good intentions, and aspirations for what we as a charitable and social sector can deliver for our beneficiaries and wider society.

2017 is no exception.

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Tags: Board of Trustees; Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Health and well-being; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Trustee.

It's time for us to rediscover our national character

Posted on January 16, 2017
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Sophie Livingstone is Chief Executive of City Year UK, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Generation Change, and a Trustee at Royal Voluntary Service.


Make no mistake, this country faces huge challenges.  We have an epidemic of loneliness and isolation, a mental health crisis, girls growing up with extreme levels of anxiety about the pressure to conform, and a high rate of young male suicides.  We are a world leader in educational inequality, social mobility is ever more entrenched, we have a social care crisis and a subsequent near NHS meltdown. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 13.5m do not earn enough to get by.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Citizenship; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Community development; Leadership; Older populations; Partnerships; Social change; Third sector; Values.

'How am I doing?' How feedback enables social leadership

Posted on January 4, 2017
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Andreana Drencheva is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield where she helps social entrepreneurs to develop entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities.


In the 1980’s New York’s legendary mayor Ed Koch was known for his phrase ‘How am I doin’?’. This phrase was not just his public slogan, but also a genuine request for feedback and a meaningful and authentic way to connect with constituents and stakeholders. While we usually think of leaders as the individuals who provide feedback to those they motivate, inspire, organise, and manage; leaders, particularly social leaders, are also in a unique position to benefit from feedback.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Collaboration; Leadership; Social change; Social enterprise; Third sector.

How volunteers can influence the future of leadership development

Posted on December 19, 2016
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John Sennett is a volunteering spokesperson who runs the blog John's Road to Volunteering. He uses his experiences to influence change, motivate social action and to challenge strategy for leadership development.

 Who? What? When? How? Why?

These are the five questions I think about regularly when it comes to understanding the greater need of volunteer influence on infrastructure and development in the so called ‘hierarchy’ many charities take prime views on. When asked to read through Clore Social’s recent ‘Facing the future’ report, I wanted to put forward my personal outlook on the findings and thoughts.

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Tags: Charity; Collaboration; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Volunteering.

The paradoxes of the modern leadership challenge

Posted on October 31, 2016
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Steve McGuirk is the former County Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and Chairman of Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust.

This blog is written in response to Clore Social Leadership’s reports about third sector leadership development. Read report 1 here, and report 2 here.  

It has always been tough leading change in a challenging world, but there are an increasing number of factors that support the idea, ‘it’s never been like this before’.

This presents a huge number of paradoxes for people in any leadership position trying to figure their way through this complexity – but I think there are added layers for those leading social change.

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social change; Social enterprise; Third sector.

Developing the best business models to face the future

Posted on October 10, 2016
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Seb Elsworth is the Chief Executive of Access - The Foundation for Social Investment.

Richard Harries’s paper for Clore Social Leadership, Facing the Future, highlights the main challenges for sector leaders over the coming decades. Fiscal constraint, geo-political shocks and technological advances are changing the nature of social need, as communities tackle inequality and people live longer.

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Tags: Board of Trustees; Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Governance; Innovation; Leadership; Social change; Social investment; Technology; Third sector; Trustee.

How do you lead a small team with the impact of a large one?

Posted on September 21, 2016
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Amber Sainsbury is the CEO and Founder of Dramatic Need, a creative arts charity that helps vulnerable African children. The charity will celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2017.

Leadership is - to me - much more about asking for help than passing on instructions. And it isn’t just about inspiring people that your cause is valid. Not everyone will be sold on an idea through your personal conviction.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Impact; International; Leadership; Social change; Third sector; Volunteering; Youth sector.

Nurturing a new type of leadership

Posted on September 16, 2016
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Stephen Clare is a third sector business adviser and coach, and Director of Cyta Consultancy Ltd. Previously he was Deputy Chief Executive of Locality.

What is leadership?  Such a simple question, and yet it has generated thousands of books and an industry in its own right.  Everywhere managers are told that they need to be leaders – but leadership is nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of an organisation.

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

Generous leadership

Posted on September 13, 2016
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Dawn Austwick is Chief Executive of Big Lottery Fund

Anyone interested in the role and nature of leadership will not have been short of food for thought lately. The recent referendum debated at length Britain’s role on the world stage – with both sides keen to paint a picture of leadership either within or without the EU. In that debate, we will rarely have seen a more eclectic array of personalities seeking to burnish their own leadership credentials.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Collaboration; Leadership; Social change; Third sector.

Awkward bedfellows and slippery concepts a.k.a. How to lead social change

Posted on September 6, 2016
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Dr Henry Kippin is executive director of Collaborate an independent CIC focusing on the thinking, culture and practice of cross-sector collaboration.

Leadership is a slippery concept.  A verb, not a noun.  A spirit, not a skillset.  It is a term that is broad and deep enough to mean both everything and nothing. But there is no doubt that if leadership matters (as Richard Harries’s excellent paper suggests), then we need to strive to make sure that the concept can hold the weight we ascribe to it.  This means we need to work on it.  

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Collaboration; Innovation; Leadership; Social change; Third sector.

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