Resources to support your leadership ambitions

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Refresh your knowledge.

Be inspired and refresh your learning by dipping into our range of leadership resources, from books, reports and useful links, to videos, Ted Talks and podcasts.

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Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR).

IVAR’s 90-minute drop-in peer support sessions offer a safe space for charity leaders to share challenges. There are pathways to influence the practice of over 80 funders. This web page includes a link to sign up for the peer support sessions and lessons from earlier sessions.

Leading in Uncertainty – lessons from IVAR’s peer support sessions.

Covid 19 briefings.

TMS Development International.

Guest Webinar: How do we support teams and leaders in a post-pandemic world?

Open University Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership.

CVSL has two online leadership courses, these are free to use. Both courses are informed by research and contemporary leadership ideas to offer a fresh take on leadership.

TED Talks.

What it takes to be a great leader: Roselinde Torres.

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

How to be a great leader.

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers.

10 guiding principles for leaders.

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.


ACEVO’s Leadership worth sharing podcast champions the dedication, professionalism, quality and expertise of civil society leaders and the role and impact they and their organisations have in public life.

CIPD: Dan Pink on Leadership.

Author and business speaker Dan Pink gives his insights on what good leadership looks like and how companies can help to cultivate good leadership practices.

CIPD: Leading and communicating through crisis.

In times of crisis, the importance of leadership and communication comes to the fore. That has never been truer than right now, with leaders needing to communicate clearly, authentically and empathetically with teams working remotely and those working hard in the field and on the frontline, often in the same organisation.

Book Club.

Wicked problems and clumsy solutions: the role of leadership, Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership and Management, Warwick Business School.

Messy by Tim Harford, How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World, 2018.

Understanding New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, Harvard Business Review, 2014.