Importantly, the report revealed a striking insight: there is an abundance of untapped potential for leadership development within the sector. Senior sector leaders talked about a desire to create opportunities to learn from others and a willingness to share expertise with others. There is a clear interest and capacity for mentoring, shadowing and secondments across the sector and many leaders identified day-to-day activities and interactions that present unrealised opportunities for dialogue, learning and action on leadership.
Commenting on the report findings, Shaks Ghosh, Clore Social CEO said:
‘The message of abundance, for a sector that is so used to thinking about leadership development in the context of scarcity and resource constraints, presents an exciting opportunity for us as a sector to take a creative and innovative approach to supporting leadership development.’
In response to the research findings, Clore Social Leadership will be developing a new ‘innovation lab’ to design and test different solutions for supporting leadership development across the sector, identifying ways to harness the untapped potential identified through this report and working in partnership with the sector to help build a generation of inspirational social leaders for the future.
We would like to express special thanks to the 58 social sector leaders interviewed who have generously made time to talk about leadership development and help shape ideas for the future.
Many thanks to the Barrow Cadbury Trust for generously supporting this research.
To find out more, download the report here.