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The best leaders make themselves redundant

Posted on July 20, 2016
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Caroline Mason CBE is Chief Executive at the Esmée Fairbarin Foundation. The Foundation funds our gender equality Fellowship on our 2017 Fellowship programme. 

At Esmée we talk a lot about the importance of key people. As one of the largest independent funders in the UK, we place our trust and our money in the hands of some of the most brilliant, entrepreneurial and effective leaders in the social sector. 

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Change management; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Equality; Funders; Leadership.

Difference is the key: reflections from a Fellow

Posted on July 1, 2016
Posted by Marie-Louise Sharp
Fellowship: 2016

As I have sat amongst the other 2016 Clore Social Leadership Fellows one thing is for sure, I am not like anyone here. When I began my Fellowship journey, this state of affairs concerned me - we are all supposed to be people who want social change and want to learn how we can be more effective in leading these changes amongst the communities we work with and the social sector in general.  

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Tags: Charity; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Diversity; Leadership; Leadership development training; Military; Social change; Third sector.

Trust in the social sector: public perception or reality?

Posted on June 28, 2016
Posted by Shaks Ghosh
Staff

Perception versus reality is a poignant theme which many of us have been grappling with since the aftermath of the EU referendum. Do the referendum results illustrate the country’s real wish to leave the EU, or are we in the mire of a bigger, societal disconnection with how the public wants real change in the face of austerity and social inequality? 

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Leadership; Leadership development training; Media; Social change; Third sector; Values.

Public speaking: How do you measure up?

Posted on June 20, 2016
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Martin Crewe is Director, Barnardo’s Scotland.

‘Are you a brilliant public speaker?’

As chief officers of voluntary organisations there is increasing pressure on us all to be ‘great communicators’, so it’s a pretty loaded question. 

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Community development; Leadership; Policy; Youth sector.

Humble and courageous leadership

Posted on June 15, 2016
Posted by Tim Hobbs
Fellowship: 2016

It is common to hear that effective leadership requires conviction: acting in accordance and pursuit of one’s beliefs. I’m not sure this is right – at least not all the time. I think there is a lot to said for being a humble and courageous leader, grounded in evidence, rather than one driven solely by conviction. 

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership.

Tree-hugging in Birmingham: reflections on my Fellowship residential

Posted on June 13, 2016
Posted by Emma Brech
Fellowship: 2016

I have to confess, I am a tree-hugger. Ever since I was a small child, looking up into a dizzying canopy of branches and leaves reaching to the sky has filled me with awe, and I often succumb to the urge to wrap my arms around the trunk, make a connection and, well, hug the tree. 

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Tags: Charity; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Collaboration; Leadership; Social change.

Leading with and without authority

Posted on May 25, 2016
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Blog by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, Director at JHub and speaker at Clore Social residential – May 2016

“She has issues with authority.” That’s what my second grade teacher told my parents after I led my classmates in a minor mutiny around lack of snack choices. My parents weren’t sure whether to be delighted at my leadership potential or terrified that I was going to get kicked out of primary school for challenging authority! 

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Community development; Leadership; Third sector; Values.

Crested newts against armed concrete - tactics for social change

Posted on May 10, 2016
Posted by Jean Demars
Fellowship: 2015

Jean Demars is a 2015 Fellow and former Housing Lead at Praxis Community Projects. Jean is interested in the nature of complex change within various systems.

Notre-Dame-des-Landes is a small village in a bocage and wetland area, situated 20 miles North of Nantes (France). Wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. 

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Tags: Campaigning; Clore Social Fellows; Environment; International; Leadership.

From reactive to resilient

Posted on May 4, 2016
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Blog by Eve Poole, Know Yourself, Be Yourself, Look After Yourself facilitator and lecturer at Ashridge Business School

Resilience as a core leadership skill is all the rage at the moment, probably because we're all running on empty, particularly in the social sector. When I facilitate workshops with Clore Social Leadership, I use a timeline exercise with the Fellows and short course participants. Using a piece of A3 paper, we draw our leadership career as a timeline, with highs and lows either side of a line across the page. Highs are personal bests, and lows are when we have really struggled.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Coaching; Leadership; Leadership development training; Values.

What lessons in governance can the charity sector learn from the arts?

Posted on April 18, 2016
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Blog by Prue Skene, Leadership in Governance facilitator and Clore Leadership Programme Governance Associate.

I’ve led on board development for the Clore Leadership Programme for the cultural sector for some eight years now, and during that time have worked with dozens of arts boards. I’m now about to take some of that expertise and experience into the social sector, swapping from cultural to social leadership and devising a Clore Social Leadership workshop for Chairs and CEOs attending as pairs. 

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Tags: Arts & culture; Board of Trustees; Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Collaboration; Governance; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Trustee.

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