Workforce Hub urges managers to share problems

Third sector managers should think about setting up discussion groups with colleagues to develop solutions to their everyday problems, according to a report produced by the Workforce Hub's Third Sector Leadership Centre.

The report, Learning to Lead, sets out the options for leadership development according to how much time is available and what kind of help sector chief executives, chairs and trustees think they need.

It says an “action learning set” can help managers see familiar concepts in new ways and improve their decision-making, relationship-building and problem-solving skills.

The report also suggests using volunteering or secondment opportunities to see things from different perspectives. Other options include using coaches or mentors, attending workshops and residential courses and using benchmarking and competency frameworks.

Dame Jo Williams, chief executive of Mencap, wrote the foreword to the report. “There is now an understanding that clarity of vision, passion and energy and a commitment to freeing up the workforce to give their best are some of the key ingredients of successful leadership,” she said. “This guide provides advice, suggestions, counsel and experiences that will help leaders take the next steps in their leadership development journey.”

The report can be bought from the NCVO for £5 or downloaded for free.

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