La Toyah McAllister-Jones
Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2013
Update Spring 2013
How are you feeling three months into the Fellowship?
As the first quarter comes to a close I find myself feeling a lot clearer on how I want my time as a Fellow and what I want to achieve. I am more comfortable with the self-directed approach of the Fellowship and the ability to make decisions about how I invest my time.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I am thinking much more deeply about my impact on others. I spend more time preparing for professional meetings and phone calls, thinking much more about what I want to achieve from the interaction. I am keen to learn more from the interactions that I have with others, particularly the other Fellows, in order to find alternative solutions to challenges.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship?
The feedback from the Four Seasons assessment was illuminating, particularly finding out that my preferred style of leadership differs from how people perceive me. I’ve also come to realise that working well with others is about understanding different motivations.
What about something you’ve learnt from a fellow Fellow?
I have been intrigued by some of the Fellows with ‘Spring’ leadership styles and their creative approach to leadership. This has led me to use more creative, visual ways of problem-solving, which is not a natural approach for me.
How would you sum up the CSLP experience so far?
The self-directed nature of the programme has encouraged me to seek out new experiences that previously I might not have considered. The opportunity to think about myself and my leadership in a very different context is a huge learning curve.
Personal website/ blog: lmcallisterjones.wordpress.com/
Current principal organisation: St Mungo's Broadway
Other leadership role 1: Associate
Other organisation 1: Collaborate
Other leadership role 2: Secretary
Other organisation 2: Hackney Unites
Research: Local Partnerships: In the delivery of services of the vulnerable and socially excluded, what changes do we need to make to existing practice in order to become more effective partners?
Research topics: Housing; Leadership; Values;
Secondment host: Movement For Change