This article was originally published on Humentum by Piers Bocock
I’m not sure how it happened: perhaps it’s just a factor of time and persistence; or maybe it’s the hints of gray near my temples. But suddenly I find myself in a place where people think I have a degree of wisdom to share — especially when I spend a lot of time talking about leadership. So let me start this piece by acknowledging that when I speak about leadership, I most often focus on those traits in others that I observe in conjunction with effective, happy, productive, creative and dynamic teams — mainly because they are characteristics to which I aspire.
At the same time, there are those who are put into positions where they have leadership responsibility for teams, for organizations, for contracts, and for agencies as a function. In my experience, it is the combination of these two — a formal leadership role paired with leadership characteristics — where we tend to see game-changing results. And this is particularly true in the international aid and development sector. This topic — why and how leadership leads to better development results — was the focus of the panel I participated on at Humentum’s first Annual Conference, July 26-28. Continue reading “Leadership Matters: Building the conditions for sustainable organizational learning and impact”