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David Wood

David Wood

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2010

Specialist Fellowship funded by NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement

Update March 2011

Understanding myself, what I want from life and how that fits with my career, still remains a key outcome. I attended a course at Roffey Park at the end of last year where the urban myth was that we would all end up crying; what I discovered was that I like my own company, and am only prepared to connect if the environment feels safe.  I also learned that I could be, and was, comfortable with that. 

I have started to get my teeth into my research, looking at the idea of “Eccentricity in Leadership,” and the hypothesis that eccentric leaders have more to offer in the changing environment in which we currently operate. To date, I haven’t answered the question, but discovered I tick all the boxes that go together to define eccentricity! I am also actively exploring my secondment. 

My overall sense is that I have begun a journey that will last a lifetime. I find myself constantly having to control the energy to explore and ask why. I have also discovered that keeping focused is a challenge that faces all eccentrics!

Current principal role: Chief Executive
Current principal organisation: Attend
Other leadership role 1: Chairman
Other organisation 1: Friends of Amarna House
Other leadership role 2: Chairman
Other organisation 2: Friends of 1 Towerbrige Road

Research: Forged in the fire of adversity? An exploration of what helped create women leaders in Leagues of Friends.
Research topics: Community development; Older people; Values;
Secondment host: Conservative Central Office

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