Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Update Spring 2013
What has been the greatest challenge of the Fellowship so far?
Adjusting to the self directed nature of the programme and appreciating the true potential of it all. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of the choice of training and development courses available, and my deep concerns about ensuring I choose wisely, in order not to squander this unique opportunity.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
The 360 degree assessment enabled me to recognize my strengths, which I’m now building on in my role as Chair and Trustee. I’m also concentrating on allowing my fellow Trustees to work to their strengths, too, which means trusting their expertise in areas in which I’m not familiar.
Can you share an important lesson you’ve learnt?
In order to be an effective leader with public support and influence, I must also ensure I have robust support and reliable resources in my personal life. I’m still learning that.
Have you learnt any lessons from your fellow Fellows?
One particular lesson from Esther Foreman, my Fellowship Buddy from the 2011 cohort, is foremost in my mind as I plan my development programme: the importance of being clear about what material needs I wish my Fellowship to fulfil.
How would you sum up your Clore Social Fellowship experience so far?
It has enabled me to undergo deep personal reflection and enquiry into what leadership means for me, what that might actually look like and what resources I need to get there.
Twitter: @Andy Shipley 1
Current principal role: Coach, Facilitator and Designer
Current principal organisation: Fieldfare Trust
Other leadership role 1: Chair
Other organisation 1: Federation of Small Charities Council
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: BucksVision
Research: Coaching To Unlock The Potential Of Disabled People
Research topics: Education; Employment; Equality; Impact; Leadership; Values;
Secondment host: Academy Of Executive Coaching (AOEC)