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Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012

Update Spring 2013

The last quarter has been a very intense part of my fellowship. I have been working hard on the research, focused on the limitations of the leadership styles common in the social sector. We have undertaken eight interviews and have written an initial structure. We have the first research workshop next week and a roundtable in Mid May with a launch at the RSA in September. I will be writing a series of articles for the Guardian as part of the research. The first one will be published on 22 April.

I have also just finished my secondment with OpenIDEO which seems like it was really successful. I learnt a great deal and have been inspired by how the company functions.

As I come towards the end of my fellowship my overarching focuses can now be distilled as:

- Building A Social Change Agency: to be launched in 2013.

- Building My Profile as a Thought Leader, through writing more often for national publications such as the Guardian and writing books.

I am feeling really excited by the research, it’s coming together really well and I sense that I will be able to put together a very valuable publication.

When I look back at my intention when I started the fellowship as stated in the video from the introductory day: “I wish to make a fundamental shift in my leadership style from being an effervescent bright young thing, to becoming a more grounded, considered and focussed leader”, I sense that I have made good progress towards this intent I have a clear sense that this shift is taking place.

My sense is the fellowship has provided me with a unique opportunity for undertaking some deep personal development that will be an excellent foundation for the next phase in my career

Twitter: @richwi1son
Personal website/ blog: www.theguardian.com/profile/richardwilson / www.richwilson.org

Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: OSCA
Other leadership role 1: Writer
Other organisation 1: Guardian

Research: Anti Hero: The Hidden Revolution in Leadership & Change
Research topics: Campaigning; Change management; Charity; Governance; Impact; Leadership; Values;
Secondment host: IDEO

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