A new report published by Clore Social Leadership in partnership with Pro Bono Economics has demonstrated a link between investment in leadership training and improved charity performance.
The research was commissioned as part of our wider aim to understand how charities’ investment in leadership development can drive improved organisational performance and better social outcomes.
Pro Bono Economics conducted an analysis of data from the 2016 Small Business Survey, a survey published by the Department of Business Innovation and Enterprise, involving telephone interviews with over 7,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across 2015 and 2016. The analysis was centred on addressing the following questions:
- How prevalent is leadership and management training by charities compared to other SMEs?
- Is leadership and management training correlated with improved performance of charities?
The report suggests that there is a correlation between leadership development training and improved charity performance. Charities that provided leadership and management training in 2015 were more likely to have increased turnover, introduced new processes, and introduced new services in 2016.
The report findings also show that charities are more likely to provide leadership and management training than other SMEs; and also that a higher proportion of charities planned to increase the leadership capability of managers over the next three years.