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The importance of continuous learning – Ed Tytherleigh’s Experienced Leader journey


Experienced Leader participant, Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive of Stoll, writes about his journey through the programme.

My career in the charity sector began as a volunteer 23 years ago. I absolutely loved that first experience – it was in a Drop-in Centre for homeless people in Manchester. Since then, I have led three charities, and after 13 years’ experience of being a Chief Executive, I now appreciate the importance of continuous learning.

I joined the Experienced Leader Programme to absorb as much knowledge as possible. I already have an MBA, and I wanted to keep learning and challenging myself.

I can safely say, I feel more confident and accomplished after taking part in the programme. It made me step back and look at my own leadership, influence and approach more objectively. I now spend more time discussing my team members’ leadership journeys and have definitely experienced a step change in terms of how I empower those around me.

I can safely say, I feel more confident and accomplished after taking part in the programme.

One particular theme which resonated with me was that of modern leadership. How it is increasingly about relating to others, about understanding what fulfilment means to them and aligning work to wider personal aspirations.

Effective leadership is so much about being true to yourself, and credible and open with others – it is by its very nature an individual journey. As a result, I would advise anyone starting out to consider which areas of their leadership to focus on. The programme offers a very safe space to explore weaknesses along with strengths, so I would urge them to focus on what is right for them at that time.

Effective leadership is so much about being true to yourself, and credible and open with others.

This is why I would definitely encourage others to take part in the programme. There is so much to learn and explore. So much so that we each benefited from the programme in our own personal way.

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The Experienced Leader Programme is a 12-month curated leadership development journey designed for social leaders with 6 or more years' experience, which includes 6 fully-funded places for the Armed Forces Charity sector.

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