On Thursday 22 March 2012, the Clore Social Leadership Programme held its second leadership Inquiry,
in partnership with The Work Foundation. The event was held at NESTA's offices in central London, with the keynote speech given by Geoff Mulgan,
NESTA's Chief Executive.
The audience for the event was diverse, and included leaders from across the sectors (public, private and social), as well as coaches and
trainers, and Fellows from across the three cohorts of Clore Social Fellows.
In a lively and inspiring talk, Geoff Mulgan drew on research and his personal experience of world leaders to note there are multiple styles
of leadership appropriate to different situations, but that 'persistence' is the defining characteristic of successful leaders. Leaders need to
be "multi-lingual" and the good news is that this kind of fluency is part of the "craft" of leadership and can be taught. The social sector tends
to be good at trust and commitment, which are qualities very much in demand by leaders in other sectors – who may, historically, have relied more
on power and money. The social sector is also good at "frugality" which may well be a core skill for leaders across the sectors in the years to come.
The day included lively discussion and debate, from a plenary session looking at learning about social leadership, to workshop sessions lead and facilitated by Clore Social Fellows:
- 2010 Fellows, Rowena Lewis and Penelope Gibbs explored 'Good leadership in action' drawing on their research into (1) women in leadership,
and (2) the relationship between Chairs and Chief Executives
- 2010 Fellow, Neil Mapes and 2010 Fellow, Natalie Campbell asked "How do you make a good society happen?" – the workshop explored the
practicalities of making 'good' happen, drawing on case studies of where 'good' is already happening in businesses, organisations and communities across the UK
- 2010 Fellow, Faith Reynolds and 2011 Fellow, Jamie Audsley looked at how the influence of the social sector can be increased and how
the social sector can influence other sectors
- 2010 Fellow, Rashid Iqbal, 2011 Fellow Laura Hyde and 2012 Fellow, Richard Wilson ran an interactive workshop looking at the challenges
of leadership in austerity Britain
Click here for a gallery of photos from the event.