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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.

Leadership from the top, bottom, and across the table - 22nd August 2017

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis blogs on the importance of collaborative leadership for the voluntary sector.

Why might a collaborative approach to leadership have a particular resonance for the voluntary sector? 

Fight Against Hate Crime Engages Young People in Milton Keynes - 2nd August 2017

CVSL is really keen to engage with local communities in Milton Keynes – including helping to develop leadership at different levels of the voluntary and community sector. More broadly Open University is committed to working with MK:Citizens and other local organisations. Here CVSL Visiting Fellow, Fidele Mutwarasibo, and Jiten Patel, Head of Equality, Diversity and Information Rights at the Open University, blog about these links and their work on challenging hate crime.

Celebrating diverse leadership - 23rd July 2017

The recent Small Charity Week and Refugee Week has inspired Vita Terry to think about refugee community organisations (RCOs) and the important role they play within society. Such organisations have demonstrated commitment and motivation to address the needs of asylum seekers and refugees, who in the wider socio-political environment are often ‘politicised’ and viewed as ‘undeserving’ of welfare entitlements.

Is there a need to rethink leadership for the voluntary sector? - 6th July 2017

After the recent tumultuous ‘snap’ election, sector bodies waited with baited breath to find out who would be announced as the new Minister for Civil Society (former incumbent Rob Wilson having lost his Reading East seat).

The voluntary sector can learn from the theory of collaborative advantage - 1st June 2017

If you want to collaborate with another organisation, it pays to understand why some partnerships don't work, writes Siv Vangen, director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership.

Is leadership different in voluntary organisations, and if so why? - 10th May 2017

This question is often at the heart of many lively discussions here at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership.  However, Carol Jacklin-Jarvis's reading about the relationship between leadership and context, and reflections on recent research interviews, is leading her to ask a slightly different question...

In what ways do voluntary organisations impact on the way people within those organisations practice leadership?

Austerity and public sector cuts undermines trust in the voluntary sector - 14th November 2016

The voluntary sector is increasingly required to "do more with less", to collaborate to make limited resources stretch further and to find innovative solution to challenging societal issues at no extra cost. At the same time, the sector is lacking the public’s trust. Clearly, these are tough challenges for the sector and its leaders.

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