Courageous leaders needed for the coming decade

Posted on April 18, 2013

If unprecedented change has been part of the social sector for the last few years, then we can be sure that things are likely to stay the same for the next ten. Ongoing economic recession, attendant social change and Government policies will continue to exercise the ingenuity of leaders in the social sector. 

Leaders have had to rapidly adjust to a raft of conditions permeating almost all aspects of the social sector from funding streams through to the benefits of social media. The testing of vision and mission has been pushed as never before, springing open doorways to opportunities as well as ushering in new challenges.

New partnerships and multi-sector collaborations alongside the need to introduce greater efficiencies and increased business savvy will continue to demand different ways of working.  These factors combined with the requirement to demonstrate impact and get to grips with different funding patterns from payment by results to new markets, asks for a prerequisite from leaders to take calculated risks and make the most of being opportunistic. Change is for the foreseeable future part of the sector’s DNA, things are not certain in the way they were once perceived to be. 

This requires individuals whose leadership styles are comfortable with ambiguity and possess the ability to adopt a flexible strategic and operational approach in the face of uncertainty. Transformational change of the kind we are experiencing calls for approaches which create trust and confidence in the vision. Authenticity and belief in what you are doing, and the ability to convey this to a range of audiences will remain a constant. Transparency in the how and why of what we do are necessities. 

Once thing is for sure, those leaders pro-actively tackling social change undertsand they cannot stand still, are willing to take calculated risks and are always seeking to learn and understand how to achieve increased impact. There is no time for anything else.

Ali Kaye, 2011 Clore Social Fellow

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