Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership

Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership

New voluntary sector leadership courses

The Open University's Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership has produced two new free courses. 

Introducing leadership in voluntary organisations

Approximately 15 hours of learning

This free course provides an opportunity for people who work within voluntary organisations, as paid employees or staff, to develop energetic, practical and thoughtful leadership practice. The course explores this rich concept from a number of different perspectives but emphasises that any group of willing people is capable of energetic leadership. Learners will gain insights and practices to facilitate stepping into leadership. Core to the course will be developing a vibrant community of leadership within the voluntary sector, one that connects the academic, voluntary and political worlds, bringing together people committed to fresh thinking.

Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations

Approximately 24 hours of learning

This free course helps learners to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference. Collaborative leadership has achieved prominence in recent times as a way of moving beyond the figure of the leader to ways of leading that engage and energise a wider group of people. Leadership is conceptualised as something that crosses organisational and sectoral boundaries. Exploring the dynamics, contexts and practices of collaborative leadership, the course will introduce new concepts and practices. It draws on a range of contemporary issues and case studies from the voluntary sector, so that learning takes place in an intimate relationship with lived practice. The course is aimed at people who work within voluntary organisations as paid staff or as volunteers or for people who work regularly with voluntary organisations, such as public sector staff or politicians. 

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  • Introducing leadership in voluntary organisations

    Introducing leadership in voluntary organisations

    This free course provides an opportunity for people who work within voluntary organisations, as paid employees or staff, to develop energetic, practical and thoughtful leadership practice. Approximately 15 hours; Introductory level After studying this course the learner will be able to: • approach leadership in a more energetic and thoughtful way • discuss approaches to leadership in relation to a number of pressing concerns relevant to voluntary organisations • practise leadership in a more robust way, through drawing on some key practices • offer a critique of dominant approaches to leadership in relation to cases from the voluntary sector • discuss and reflect on leadership in the voluntary sector in relation to ethics • articulate a form of leadership rooted in practice between diverse groups of people and contexts.

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    Course

    15 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations

    Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations

    This free course helps learners to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference. Approximately 24 hours; Intermediate level After studying this course the learner should be able to: • describe the context and need for collaborative forms of leadership • describe the range of different leadership identities suggested by collaborative settings and the power relationships implied in these identities • plan and think about the challenges of leading collaborations • experiment with a range of practices of collaborative leadership • practice collaborative leadership in a more robust way • offer a critique of collaborative leadership in relation to its potential and limitations for leadership of voluntary organisations • discuss and reflect on collaborative leadership in the voluntary sector in relation to power.

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    Course

    24 hrs

    Level 1 Introductory

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