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Power Sharing in the Boardroom - 9th August 2019

Lindsay Wilson-Jones, PhD Student, The Open University


Reflecting on our 2019 annual conference - 29th July 2019

At our recent conference on 9 July, we posed three testing questions that reflected the key puzzles we’ve been grappling with in the first three years of CVSL

These are:

  1. What do voluntary organisations need from leadership development?
  2. How do we better reach the small organisations that we are trying to help?
  3. How do we contribute to making leadership more diverse?


So just what is leadership and how do we impart it? Speaking up for the role of creativity - 19th July 2019

Recently I was talking with some friends and one asked me, “So, how you define leadership? I took an extra intake of breath and exhaled: “Leadership, to me, is the art of motivating a person or group of people to act towards a common goal”. I knew as I’d said it that it sounded a little staid so I decided to expand: 

“You can be a leader in your family, neighbourhood, community, place of worship and all without using the title of ‘leader’. You don’t need a title to lead”.

Leadership at the Top: the role of the Chief Executive in empowering the board - 8th November 2018

Chris Cornforth is Emeritus Professor of Organisational Governance and Management and board member of the Association of Chairs. This is the last of three related blogs that focus on the triangle of relationships between the chief executive, chair, and the governing body or board of voluntary organisations. How well these actors collaborate and work together is crucial to the success of the top leadership team.

Voluntary sector leadership in the context of cross-sector collaborations: researching an NHS multispecialty community provider - 18th May 2018

CVSL PhD student Daniel Haslam discusses how he is going about the analysis stage of his PhD research

Leadership at the top – the Chair-Board relationship - 25th April 2018

Chris Cornforth, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Governance and Management and board member of the Association of Chairs

Launch of Documentary ‘An Asylum Seeker’s Story: Collective Leadership in Diverse Communities’ - 7th March 2018

How often have you heard statements such as, “If you come to this country, you have to learn English.” Yet, in contrast, how often have you heard about the barriers that prevent asylum seekers and refugees from doing so?

Leadership at the top: the chair-chief executive relationship - 16th January 2018

In a previous blog Carol Jacklin-Jarvis advocated the value of a collaborative approach to leadership in the voluntary sector. In this and subsequent blogs, Chris Cornforth, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Governance and Management and board member of the Association of Chairs looks at leadership at the top of voluntary organisations, and argues that the triangle of relationships between the chief executive, chair, and the governing body or board and how well they collaborate and work together is crucial to the success of the top leadership team.

An autumnal update on our leadership research! - 20th October 2017

The CVSL team was pleased to present four papers at the recent Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference.  This gave us a great opportunity to showcase our work, and learn from academic and practice colleagues who share our interest in a thriving and resilient voluntary sector. 

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis blogs on our current research on leadership, particularly focusing on collaborative leadership...

What are we up to? Updates on our research projects - 13th September 2017

We are really proud of our involvement in a range of external projects with a number of key partners, funded by a diverse range of sources. Although these don't, at first glance, look as if they focus on leadership, they add to a broader portfolio of research happening in CVSL and indeed in the wider OU community.

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