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.
New CVSL PhD student Daniel Haslam introduces his research into voluntary sector leadership in the context of cross-sector collaborations, which focuses on the emerging NHS multispecialty community providers.
Carol Jacklin-Jarvis blogs on the dilemmas of leading across boundaries.
Carol Jacklin-Jarvis offers three (and a ½!) thoughts on a collaborative approach to leadership for social justice...
CVSL's Carol Jacklin-Jarvis questions the 'warm glow' surrounding the common exhortation to collaborate.
CVSL has been created thanks to a generous investment by OU alumnus Anthony Nutt. Its aim is to strengthen leadership in the voluntary sector through the provision of free leadership courses and the completion of research on leadership over the next few years. The Centre will be officially launched in October at a free event in London.
These are uncertain times for voluntary organisations – with resource constraints, media scrutiny, shifting public perceptions, and the continuing challenge to respond to public policy and social need. In such times of uncertainty, two calls are frequently heard – first a call for leadership, and second a call to collaborate. Sadly, experience tells us that neither leadership nor collaboration provides a simple solution to the challenges of an uncertain environment, but research does give us some insight into the compromises, trade-offs, and tensions through which individuals exercise inf