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Leadership Network

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.


Aspiring CEO Event – London 2020

Thinking about if you want to be a CEO but not sure where to start? Join us and an expert panel of speakers on Wednesday 25th March 2020, in London for an intimate and inspiring workshop afternoon.

When and where:
Wednesday 25th March 2020 – 1.30pm – 7pm
Resource For London
– 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

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

  • Sarah Thompson, CEO, St Clare Hospice
  • Joel Davis, Chief Executive, Tutors United
  • Hilary Croft, CEO, Coeliac UK
  • Ceri Davies, CEO, Nottingham Trent Students’ Union

Along side our specialist speakers, the event will be facilitated by experienced CEO, Sarah Gosling. Sarah will also run an Action Learning Set which will give attendees the opportunity to bring challenges they are currently facing and talk through in a safe environment with peers.

Professional Headshot:
The cost of the ticket also includes a professional headshot which will be taken between 1.30pm – 3pm before the event starts.  You will also have the opportunity in this time to talk to Peridot consultants about your next career step and CV.

Priced at £75 (early bird), tickets can be bought directly through EventBrite – https://aspiringceomarch2020.eventbrite.co.uk

Download the Aspiring CEO London Agenda>

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Our Leadership Events

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. We’ll also be opening up the following for booking soon:

Are you an Aspiring CEO? Practical tips and resources – £75-£80
26th March 2020, 1.30pm – 7pm
Includes a professional headshot on the day
London, Resource For London
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Changing sectors: Advice and tips to transferring to a different sector – £55
13th May 2020, 1.45pm – 5.30pm
London, venue TBC

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


“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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