Unit 1: Leadership skills required for safeguarding


1.18 Review of Unit 1

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This unit has explored the nature of leadership and some of the ways in which those at the top of their organisations can think about elements and styles of leadership that might further enhance safeguarding.

We have explored in particular the importance of considering issues of power and the broader wellbeing of staff. This will continue into the next unit where you will look in more detail at the importance of organisational cultures.

From any of the readings, discussions or videos in this unit, try and identify three things that you might take away from unit 1 of the course in relation to leadership.

Now go to Unit 2: The importance of a safe organisational culture.


Brower, T. (2021) New study on Women in leadership: Good News, Bad News and The Way Forward [Online]. Available at Forbes.

Brower, T. (2021) Empathy Is the most important leadership skill according to research [Online]. Available at Forbes.

Chamorro-Premuzic, T. (2013) Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? [Online]. Available at Harvard Business Review.

Charity Commission for England and Wales (2020) Statement of the Results of an Inquiry: The Save the Children Fund [Online]. Available at Gov.uk.

Charity Commission for England and Wales (2019) Statement of the Results of an Inquiry: Oxfam [Online]. Available at Gov.uk.

CHS Alliance/ICVA (2021) Leading Well: Aid leader perspectives on staff wellbeing and organisational culture [Online]. Available at CHS Alliance/Leading Well.

Gibbs, G. (1988) Learning by Doing: A guide to teaching and learning methods, Further Education Unit, Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford.

Feather, J., Martin, R., and Neville, S. (2021) Global Evidence Review of SEAH in the Aid Sector [Online]. Available at RSH Resource & Support Hub.

Huffington, A. (2019) Burnout is Now Officially a Workplace Crisis [Online]. Available at Thrive Global.

Jachens, L. (2019) Humanitarian Aid Workers’ Mental Health and Duty of Care, Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 15(4), pp. 650–655.

Strachan, J. (1999) Feminist Educational Leadership in a New Zealand Neo-Liberal Context, Journal of Educational Administration, 37(2), pp. 121–138.

Tuckman, B. (1965) Developmental sequence in small groups, Psychological Bulletin, 63(6), pp 384–399.