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A year-long journey of leadership development: our FiMT Fellows’ experience

Thursday 5 March 2020 marked the end of Clore Social’s 2019 Experienced Leader Programme, a year-long course which saw over 40 social leaders embark on a thought-provoking and challenging journey of leadership development.

With a blended approach to learning, the programme offered leaders from across the social sector the opportunity to participate in individual coaching, peer learning, secondments, action learning sets, online courses, and more - all designed to enhance self-awareness, generosity, and collaborative social leadership skills.

Building on five successful years of partnership, we were delighted to continue our collaboration with Forces in Mind Trust who generously funded six specialist fellowships for experienced leaders working within the Armed Forces Charity Sector. We talked to some of our Armed Forces Charity Fellows, to find out more about how this programme has helped strengthen leadership in their sector.

Through building relations and networks within and across sectors, some Fellows say the programme offered the opportunity to gain a wider perspective on social leadership and learn from others’ experiences.

“I loved the people, the residentials and the opportunity to share learning in a protected environment. It was great to experience everybody else’s experience and learn from them.” - Stephen Richards, Head of Adoption, Special Needs and Disability, SSAFA

I loved the people, the residentials and the opportunity to share learning in a protected environment.
Stephen Richards Head of Adoption, Special Needs and Disability, SSAFA

With a focus on enhancing self-awareness and a better understanding of the impact of leadership on others, the programme has revealed how to approach challenging decisions and build internal teams effectively. Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive of Stoll, says:

“It has been a pleasant surprise what a positive impact the programme has made. It has given me a real step change in consolidating my sense of effective leadership, which in turn has given me greater confidence and a sense of a way of operating to fall back on. Not only has it given me that framework for myself, but I have invested much more in leadership and how decisions are made within my own organisation, for instance starting every management team meeting with a piece on leadership or effective teams. This investment has definitely paid dividends when we have worked through more challenging decisions in recent times.”

This investment has definitely paid dividends when we have worked through more challenging decisions in recent times.
Ed Tytherleigh Chief Executive, Stoll

Other Fellows say the programme has helped reveal the importance of coaching and reflection. Lisa Shattock, Director of Marketing and Communications at SSAFA, says:

“For me, one of the big wins from this programme was to understand the real value that coaching can give you, giving me permission to celebrate my achievements, to take time out and think about what I’ve done, what I had achieved, but also where I wanted to take my career, my team, and where I wanted to be in the next month, year, five years.”

Commenting on the programme’s impact on leaders in the Armed Forces Charity Sector, Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said:

“I am delighted to see how much our Fellows have benefitted from participating in Clore Social’s Experienced Leader Programme over the past year. Supporting collaboration and leadership, and capacity building within the sector are two of the change mechanisms we use to realise our Theory of Change, which we are advancing by supporting our Fellows on this programme.

They are all exceptional individuals who have already contributed much to the Armed Forces community, and we’re looking forward to working with them all in the future as they make an even bigger impact.”

I am delighted to see how much our Fellows have benefitted from participating in the Experienced Leader Programme over the past year.
Ray Lock Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust

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