Third Sector Leadership: The Power Of Narrative

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

There’s a great paper by the TSRC on the role of narrative in NGO leadership – it’s only eighteen pages, so well worth a read! Some favourite learnings from the paper –

  • Going beyond ‘leadership in the organisation’ to focus on leadership across the field – therefore alluding to CC in the sense of collaboration and co-learning. Beyond this – leadership of the sector, not just leadership in the sector.
  • The pressure on senior management to lead through management ‘applying known solutions’ when confronted with ‘wicked’ problems where what we really need is leadership – drawing up innovative strategies to respond to problems we don’t fully understand and haven’t met before.
  • As service users do not usually fund services, and thus outward representation – a role as an ambassador – is often oriented towards funders rather than beneficiaries.

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