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20 Oct 2016, 16:33 Edited by Matthew Driver on 21 Oct 2016, 09:15

Week 3, Activity 6 Reimagining your leaders

Try to finish and embellish upon the following sentence:

‘My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would …  ‘

Justify your answer and provide some concrete examples of the kinds of things your symbolic leader would do: how would these characteristics manifest? You can even give your ideal leader a fictionalised name if you like.

After reflecting on your answer, please use this forum to ask at least two of your fellow learners some questions about their leaders. How would their symbolic leader handle a particular kind of meeting, or tricky conversation with a funder, for example?


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Claire Cochrane Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Nov 2016, 20:58
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would not lead alone. My leader is...
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Kate Martin Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 2

20 Nov 2016, 12:45
Zorb sounds great!  How would she/he cope with a decision which needed to be...
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Claire Cochrane Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 5

24 Nov 2016, 19:07
I think he/she would then go to the board to consult with them for that kind...
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Ruth Leonard Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 2

28 Feb 2017, 18:19
I like this :-) how would zorb ensure that the arts org was able to be...
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Kirsty Conger Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 2

5 Apr 2017, 08:08
Zorb sounds great! How would they manage decision making if there was a clear...
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James Keyworth Post 42 (summarised) in reply to 2

22 Oct 2017, 08:43
Could you tell me where Zorb can be found please? I'd like to work for Zorb!
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Victoria Richardson Post 48 (summarised) in reply to 2

19 Mar 2018, 13:26
Hi Claire, How would Zorb respond is one of his/her management team reported...
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Caleb Rowan Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Nov 2016, 11:52
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would enable others. During meetings...
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Kate Martin Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 3

20 Nov 2016, 12:51
Hi Caleb - Maxine sounds like a great facilitator and I'm sure her teams...
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Carol Jacklin-Jarvis Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 6

21 Nov 2016, 16:21
It's an interesting idea that good leadership can mean doing a job and then...
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Darren Smith Post 46 (summarised) in reply to 7

21 Jan 2018, 17:41
That must have been an emotional wrench to leave something as precious as a...
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Carol Jacklin-Jarvis Post 50 (summarised) in reply to 46

20 Mar 2018, 07:42
That's a really interesting question.  I think it is often with hindsight...
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Stacey Pottinger Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 3

19 Jan 2017, 14:24
I think this really challenges a traditional view of leadership which I agree...
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Nick Kavanagh Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 3

12 Feb 2017, 11:07
Hi Caleb There is a great feel about the charity that Maxine has left behind...
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Peta Wilkinson Post 53 (summarised) in reply to 3

24 May 2018, 14:24
Hi Caleb Really interesting and many great qualities, I am wondering about...
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Nicola Brooks Post 56 (summarised) in reply to 3

12 Jul 2019, 10:42
Maxine sounds great, I'd like to sit down with her and discuss how she...
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Carol Jacklin-Jarvis Post 57 (summarised) in reply to 56

12 Jul 2019, 13:10
Really interesting to reflect on what makes the difference between leadership...
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Kate Martin Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Nov 2016, 12:40 Edited by the author on 20 Nov 2016, 12:41
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would: - have an understanding of the...
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Owain Smolovic Jones Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 4

23 Nov 2016, 08:15
Hi Kate. Your first point about challenging donors is interesting. Do you...
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Nick Kavanagh Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 8

12 Feb 2017, 10:59
I have been aware of examples of it going on over the years even though I...
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Genevieve Rudd Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

25 Nov 2016, 14:41
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would be willing to support...
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Carol Jacklin-Jarvis Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 10

29 Nov 2016, 18:10
Hi Genevieve Your idea of a balance between experimentation and risk-taking...
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Ruth Leonard Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 11

28 Feb 2017, 18:08
I like Geneveive's idea too - and think that in a truly innovative...
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Stacey Pottinger Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 10

19 Jan 2017, 14:20
I really like this as an example of a good leader. I think it is important...
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Stacey Pottinger Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jan 2017, 14:18
‘My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would … ' Believe in, and fully...
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Carol Jacklin-Jarvis Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 12

26 Jan 2017, 08:57
Hi Stacey I'm interested in your comment that your ideal leader would...
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Nick Kavanagh Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 12

12 Feb 2017, 11:04
I like the sense of balance in line with the needs of the charity that comes...
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Marta Bruschi Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 12

30 Mar 2017, 14:22
Hi Stacey, I like your leader, the one that looks and organisations missions...
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Lorraine Slee Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 12

29 May 2017, 15:35
Hi Stacey, yes I had understanding and believing in the aims of the...
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Peta Wilkinson Post 54 (summarised) in reply to 12

24 May 2018, 14:29
Stacey this is interesting I totally agree about the need to balance the...
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Nick Kavanagh Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Feb 2017, 10:19
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would be :- A great listener who...
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Kirsty Conger Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 16

5 Apr 2017, 08:02
I really like this description of a leader and think its really important...
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Lorraine Slee Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 16

29 May 2017, 16:03
Hi Nick, yes I can sign up to all of those characteristics, except perhaps...
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Ruth Leonard Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 1

28 Feb 2017, 18:02
My ideal leader would be collaborative and engaging; working through others...
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Marta Bruschi Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 20

30 Mar 2017, 14:20
Hi Ruth, I like your leader cause actually I have the same vision of my ideal...
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Ruth Leonard Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 24

7 Apr 2017, 10:45
Thanks Maria and that's a really good point. A good leader should be able to...
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Marta Bruschi Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 1

30 Mar 2017, 14:17
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would empower people to make things...
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Hayley Bennett Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 23

7 Apr 2017, 11:37
Hi Marta I can definitely see that we share some ideas about our ideal leader...
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Marta Bruschi Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 32

22 Apr 2017, 18:01
Yes. It is a question of time and blending it in the work routine. I guess...
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Kirsty Conger Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 1

5 Apr 2017, 07:50
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would..... be a great motivator and a...
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Hayley Bennett Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 26

7 Apr 2017, 11:32
Kirsty, I really like the sound of your ideal leader. What you have written...
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Hayley Bennett Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Apr 2017, 11:30
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would … Build and share knowledge:...
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Neha Agarwal Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 May 2017, 14:47
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would engage, empower and energise...
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Nia Crouch Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 34

30 May 2017, 09:35
I wonder how Ronald Dumpf would handle a request to run a big new project...
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Lorraine Slee Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 1

29 May 2017, 16:37
Hi, I think my ldeal leader would be called Socrates. Socrates would ask...
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Nia Crouch Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 37

30 May 2017, 09:37
I wonder how Socrates would respond the answers they received. Would Socrates...
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Nia Crouch Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 1

30 May 2017, 09:33
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would listen. They would encourage...
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Kate Honeyford Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 38

9 Jun 2017, 16:07
I'd go with your leader Nia, sounds good to me. Listening and communicating...
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James Keyworth Post 43 (summarised) in reply to 1

22 Oct 2017, 08:59
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would be balanced. I think balance is...
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Darren Smith Post 45 (summarised) in reply to 43

21 Jan 2018, 17:15
Hi James- I am interested to know how the balance element will affect the...
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Darren Smith Post 44 (summarised) in reply to 1

21 Jan 2018, 16:42
Week 3 – Activity 6   My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would...
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Victoria Richardson Post 49 (summarised) in reply to 44

19 Mar 2018, 13:39
Hi Darren, I like the idea of including those we serve in meetings but would...
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Carol Jacklin-Jarvis Post 51 (summarised) in reply to 49

20 Mar 2018, 07:46
This is a great question Victoria, and so challenging in practice to avoid...
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Victoria Richardson Post 47 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Mar 2018, 13:23
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would be approachable. They would...
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Megan Parnell-Murphy Post 59 (summarised) in reply to 47

6 Nov 2019, 08:00
Being visible and approachable is such a good point to think of, completely...
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Fidele Mutwarasibo Post 52 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 May 2018, 17:12
The third week of this module has brought home the need to be aware of one's...
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Rhiannon Hardiman Post 55 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Apr 2019, 20:49
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would earn their position as a leader...
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Megan Parnell-Murphy Post 58 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Nov 2019, 07:58
My ideal leader in the voluntary sector would be passionate about what they...
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