Charity chief executives 'staying positive' despite recession

Leaders know how to live with change, says Acevo

Charity chief executives are more positive about the future of their organisations than junior and middle managers, according to the third Charity Pulse survey of the views of staff in the voluntary sector.

Thirty-one chief executives and 222 junior and middle managers took part in the annual survey, conducted by Third Sector and Birdsong Charity Consulting, answering questions about the recession and their working lives. Sixty-five per cent of the chief executives surveyed said they were not concerned about the future of their charities, compared with 45 per cent of junior and middle managers. Twenty-nine per cent of chief executives said they were concerned, compared with 37 per cent of junior and middle managers.

Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong, said: "One explanation is that chief executives are fully in command of the facts, while others have only a partial picture. The more worrying scenario is that chief executives are out of touch."

Seb Elsworth, director of strategy at charity chief executives body Acevo, said: "It's no surprise that chief executives are more positive about the future of their organisations. Through their careers they will have developed significant experience of overcoming organisational challenges. In particular, they are likely to have worked through a recession before - from experience, they will be well placed to see the current challenges in context."

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