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Same boat, different storm

16 November 2021

Reflections from our second Senior Leadership Forum.

The charity sector and the wider social economy encompasses every area of life, each with its own challenges and idiosyncrasies. Yet many senior leadership teams find that many of the same issues apply regardless of the nature of their organisation. 


Though an oft-repeated saying, one cannot look after other people if one does not first look after oneself. This rings particularly true for many senior leaders managing teams of staff and volunteers, but who themselves have no-one to turn to when the going gets tough. Many want to be accessible to their staff, but it must be done in a sustainable way to ensure the long term health of the individuals and the organisation. 


Communication both internally and externally, and especially between senior leadership teams and their trustee boards, is key. Open communication with the board can be difficult in some circumstances, but scheduling regular meetings and getting actively involved in trustee recruitment can help. Finding 'professional friendships' - those who are in similar career positions outside of your organisation who can offer an honest sounding board - is also extremely useful.

Time management

Inboxes overflowing, the phone ringing constantly and two or three (or more) different devices and channels to juggle means the to do list can seem never ending. Needs will differ on a weekly (sometimes daily!) basis and assessing what can realistically be done helps to manage those needs. Making use of the various strategies, exercises and technology available can assist in this process, and although very personal, is an excellent start. 

This article summarises some of the practical discussion points covered in our recent Senior Leadership Forum: "Same storm, different boat". The next forums will take place in January 2022. Watch this space for further details.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this article further, please contact Clare LawrenceHayley Marsden or any member of our Charities and Social Economy team on 0113 244 6100.

You can also keep up to date by following Wrigleys Charities and Social Economy team on Twitter.

The information in this article is necessarily of a general nature.  The law stated is correct at the date (stated above) this article was first posted to our website. Specific advice should be sought for specific situations. If you have any queries or need any legal advice please feel free to contact Wrigleys Solicitors.

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