Component 5: Leadership

What works well

Strong leadership from statutory sector partners is essential in establishing the culture and practices that underpin effective partnership working with the voluntary sector.

  • The value of the sector needs to be recognised and leadership needs to be mirrored at all levels of the system.
  • Leaders need to lay out the vision for what is possible, the evidence for how to do it, and the flexibility in the structure to allow creativity and the trying of new things without a blame culture.
  • We have seen amazing partnerships develop, culture change and strong impacts when leadership training is delivered cross-sector instead of in ‘silos’.
  • System leadership is an interesting model being used in some areas to encourage leadership at all levels (not just formal leadership roles).

Likely positive impacts

  • Culture change
  • Clear understanding of value and contribution across sectors
  • Stronger, more effective partnerships
  • Improved relationships
  • Greater achievements and impacts.