I was both shocked and inspired by the debate when I convened a panel discussion about Women in Fundraising at this year’s Fundraising Convention.
On the leadership panel at this year’s Fundraising Convention, I was introduced as the token white middle-aged middle-class, straight, able-bodied bloke, and asked how I dealt with that.
Chris Millward, now CEO at the Institute of Legacy Management (ILM), shares how his learning at the IoF Future Leaders Programme in 2015 is continuing to have a major influence over his work today.
I signed up to the Future Leaders programme shortly after being promoted to Assistant Director of Fundraising at Livability, my first role leading a fundraising team of 20.
It was more like being a student again than I’d imagined: there were late nights, there was swearing, there were tears, there were emotional highs and lows throughout the whole year.
When I wrote my last blog post about the Future Leaders Programme, I themed it around a particular comment that course leader Mark made in the very first session which resonated with me: that the most highly performing teams are those which are comfortable with change.
Over the years I have done my fair share of recruitment and have been very successful in recruiting highly skilled and talented fundraisers. Last year, however, I started to find recruitment more difficult and found myself frequently having to go back to market. I was still getting a good number of applications which, on paper, looked like very credible but something wasn’t clicking.
Having just embarked on a new role as Mid Value Lead at Cancer Research UK, this was a conversation during the first week of the IoF’s Future Leader Programme that felt extremely timely and apt.
A significant amount of ‘fuzziness’ surrounds leadership. In this blog, former Chief Executive, Mark Hughes tries to clarify leadership by asking the ‘W’ questions; ‘What?’, ‘Why?’, ‘When?’, ‘How?’, ‘Where?’ and ‘Who?’