OU launches online leadership courses for smaller charities

VoluntaryNews mentioned the new Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at Open University Business School back in March 2016. It has now had its official launch and first conference (12th October), where a package of leadership development courses, with a particular focus on smaller organisations, was also launched.

An article on The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network gives some background to the new courses, with a focus on working collaboratively:

One of our current studies, with individuals working collaboratively within children’s services, suggests that leadership requires political astuteness as well as the willingness to nurture collaborative practices for the benefit of vulnerable children and families.

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Trustees Week majors on good leadership and effective chairing

This year’s Trustees Week is to focus on leadership development, it has been announced. The week runs from 7th to 13th November.

Organisations interested in taking part in Trustees Week can list trustee-matching, training and celebration events on the dedicated website.

Trustees Week is operated by a coalition of sector organisations, including Governance and Leadership magazine, a Civil Society Media publication which will be distributed at Trustees Week events. » Continue reading news item ... “Trustees Week majors on good leadership and effective chairing”

Debating modern voluntary sector leadership

Clore Social Leadership is publishing a series of four papers considering 21st century leadership in the social sector “in a spirit of provocation”, hoping for an ensuing rich debate on the leadership needs of the sector.

The first paper ‘Leadership Development in the Third Sector: Learning Lessons’ has been published. Read a background article or download it direct (16 page pdf, 780KB).

Development opportunity for emerging sector leaders

Applications have opened for the 2017 batch of Clore Social Leadership Fellowships for emerging leaders, its eighth year.

The 12-month Fellowship Programme

“like social leadership itself, isn’t a straight line or a box-ticking exercise – every individual approaches it differently. At the same time, we provide a core structure and a number of elements that all our Clore Social Fellows do.”

It includes experiential team challenges, residential training, coaching, mentoring, a secondment and a provocation piece.  » Continue reading news item ... “Development opportunity for emerging sector leaders”

Project to build better charity governance has Bubb in driving seat

The CEO of ACEVO, the body for charity chief executives, has announced that he is standing down from his current role to lead a new Charity Futures Programme, “to build better governance”.

A philanthropist is funding this loosely framed but in-depth piece of research into the state of governance and leadership in the charity sector (as described in Civil Society News coverage), after hearing Stephen Bubb speak on the lessons of the Kids Company debacle. » Continue reading news item ... “Project to build better charity governance has Bubb in driving seat”

Charity leadership, economics and digital impact

Some material from this week’s NCVO annual conference.

The keynote speaker was Lord Gus O’Donnell, previously the head of the civil service and soon to be chair of Pro Bono Economics. His full speech is on the latter’s website and worth a read.

Related tweets sent, and collated on our Storify, include:

  • three steps for VCS in world of austerity – get evidence of impact, embrace transparency and focus on prevention
  • on #antiadvocacy – must not let government proposals get in the way in which we learn about what is working
  • charities have a responsibility to inform/influence govt

The age of digital changes charity leadership

An NCVO blog ‘Charity leadership in the age of digital‘ is based around a conference workshop on “how to be a better leader”. » Continue reading news item ... “Charity leadership, economics and digital impact”