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Are you a progressive and thoughtful leader, or an aspiring leader who wants to get better at leading. Our Leadership Network is a safe space for you to meet peers and develop your own leadership style.

Leadership Network by Peridot

We’re motivated by creating a network of like-minded and progressive leaders, who have different types of qualities and want to keep learning. Join us.

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What does it really mean to be a leader today?

In November 2018 and in partnership with Within People, we invited a select group of CEOs and leaders to help us start a conversation about leadership.

Within People are experts in coaching people to find their purpose, and to lead and grow the organisations they love.

From extended interviews with leaders around the world, Within had noticed seven common qualities that came up time and again: vulnerability, empathy, curiosity, creativity, conviction, courage and patience.

Starting with these qualities, we provided a safe and confidential space for our leaders, wherever they were in their leadership journey, to talk about what they identify in themselves, using these qualities as a starting base and opening them up for further discussion.

The result was this Leadership Report, which gave us a starting point to build our network.


Event: Do you want to be a CEO?

This is an opportunity to explore whether a CEO role is the right next step for you. Hear from experienced CEOs and meet like minded peers in a safe environment.

Attendees will also be able to schedule in time after the event, at a convenient date to discuss their CV and next steps with our Peridot team.

When and where:
Thursday 19th September 20191.50pm – 5.30pm
NCVOSociety Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL

Who is the event for?

  • Senior leaders and directors wanting to make the next step up
  • People exploring if a CEO role is for them

Priced at £55, tickets can be bought directly through EventBrite: https://londonaspiringceo.eventbrite.co.uk



Introduction by Phillipa Fabry, Director of Not-for-Profit at Peridot.

Quick introductions and overview by Sarah Gosling (previous CEO of Reach Volunteering and University of Nottingham Students’ Union).

Preparing for a CEO role, practicalities, preparing and development, top tips from:

  • Rita Chadha (incoming CEO of Small Charities Coalition)
  • Ed Marsh (CEO of Middlesex University Students’ Union)
  • Karin Woodley (CEO of Cambridge House)
  • Stephen Elsden (CEO of Compaid)

Introduction to Action Learning Sets and how they can support your development: a practical 1-hour session (includes comfort breaks).

You’ve got the job, what next? The first 100 days from:

  • Karin Woodley (CEO of Cambridge House)
  • Ed Marsh (CEO of Middlesex University Students’ Union)

What do you want to know – open panel with all speakers, Philippa and facilitated by Sarah.

Wrap up and close.

Buy tickets to our Aspiring CEO event.


Female Charity CEO representing best third sector recruitment agencies

We held our first Leadership Network event in November 2018 and then in May 2019 we bought together a group of progressive leaders to discuss how to ‘unlearn’ leadership.

Held at NCVO with special guest speaker, Julie Nerney (Chair of the Association of Colleges and the youngest NHS non-executive director), she talked about how bringing her personal values into the workplace made her a more authentic, empathetic leader and how it felt when she wasn’t being true to herself. You can listen to our first podcast with Julie below.

We are currently working on a series of events covering different themes and we’re also keen to hear what would be useful for you. Please contact our Strategic Engagement Lead, Emma Wrafter if you have ideas for topics.

Please sign up to receive updates about upcoming events and join our Leadership Network.


Podcast: Conversations with Leaders

“Tonight’s event was really insightful and the thing that I found most interesting was the redefinition of a leadership paradigm. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen words like creativity, courage and vulnerability put into a leadership framework.”

Esther Foreman, CEO, The Social Change Agency on our first leadership event, Nov 2018

The seven qualities of modern leadership in the 21st Century:

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Conviction: Keeping the integrity of the promise that’s been made – doing what you say you’ll do.

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Courage: Accepting there will be fear and being able to work with it so it doesn’t hold you back.

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Creativity: Inspiring different ways of thinking and bringing out the creator in others.

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Vulnerability: Being who you really are, open to uncertainty and emotional exposure.

Leadership qualities for third sector - curiosity

Curiosity: Enquiring with openness and objectivity, and listening for learning.

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Patience: The calm needed to work with what is, and not rush to solve symptoms.

Leadership qualities for third sector - empathy

Empathy: Understanding others for who they are and from where they are.

Third Sector Leadership Report - Download

How can third sector leaders show up to lead greater impact in the sector?

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