Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update September 2011
Having spent the first six months of my Fellowship reflecting and thinking, supported by input from two intensive residentials, I have been using the Clore Social Leadership Programme tools at my disposal to more actively shape the remaining 15 months. I have started my practice-based research, and aim to have the data collected before the end of the year. The secondment is my other priority, and I am currently talking to potential hosts for a placement starting early in 2012.
The coaching sessions and my Action Learning set have provided spaces to think out loud, and be actively challenged and held to account. This alternates between being an exhilaratingly enjoyable experience, but also on occasions a deeply uncomfortable process. The Clore Social Fellowship’s reach goes far beyond a mere guide to leadership and is not, I think for the faint hearted. For me, so far, it has proved to be a more meaningful personal as well as professional challenge than I could ever have envisaged at the start.
A challenging aspect has been thinking around and considering the impact of my behaviours, including those expressed as well as those hidden away. In part an intuitive process coming out of a period of reflection, this has also been informed by a chain of feedback built into the Clore programme. Developing a ‘voice’ is one key area of behavioural change that has emerged as a natural progression of this process. It has also been influenced by the economic recession and subsequent impact upon deepening and renewing experiences of disadvantage. The need, indeed the urge to speak out and communicate on passionately-held beliefs flows more readily – underlying this is a confidence in what I have to say and that it will be heard.
Current principal role: Strategy and Partnership Manager
Current principal organisation: Homeless Link
Other leadership role 1: Coach
Other organisation 1: Freelance
Research: What does ‘good’ look like in engagement provision?
Research topics: Charity; Education; Impact;
Secondment host: LEAP Confronting Conflict