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Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations
Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations

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1 Identity and participation

You were introduced to Ellen, the CEO of a local family support project, Family Time, in Week 1. Listen to the following extract from Ellen’s story:

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Listening to this extract, you should develop a good sense of the following, crucial dimensions of the leadership fabric that acts as context to the challenges facing Ellen:

  • how Family Time is seen as an organisation;
  • how Ellen is seen as a leader;
  • how Family Time’s staff view their work and themselves in that work;
  • how local government workers view their work and themselves in that work;
  • the webs of practices employed by Family Time in its everyday work.

We summarise and capture these dynamics as related to two substantive dimensions of leadership: identity and participation. It is these dimensions that shape how we approach this course. This week will be dedicated to providing you with a primer on both.