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The impact from bursary participants attending Windsor Leadership programmes
Dr Wanda Wyporska
FRSA Executive Director
The Equality Trust
'Inspiring Black & Asian Leaders 2017'
As a new Chief Executive of The Equality Trust, I was extremely pleased to have been sponsored to attend the Windsor Black and Asian Leadership programme. It provided a space to reflect, to learn from other Black and Asian leaders and to raise issues that we were all facing. The opportunity to ask questions, exchange experiences and open up about doubts and questions about ourselves in a supportive atmosphere was very valuable. It was also good to have the second retreat, where we could see the difference that time passing and the learning we had taken from the first session and how we had changed our practice and enhanced our leadership skills. This has enabled me to be a better leader at The Equality Trust and more confident in the issues I raise as a frequent commentator in the media. It has emboldened me to go further in what I say on race issues and to engage with a range of diversity initiatives across the sector.
Head of Evidence
Youth Endowment Fund
'Inspiring Black & Asian Leaders 2017'
Thank you for helping create the space for me as a mid-career professional to step away from doing and to reflect more substantively on being. I’d love to share some of my journey going forward which you have made a focused but nonetheless important contribution towards.
Since going on the Windsor Fellowship I have become a local councillor and my experiences there have directly impacted my leadership style, the extent of networks I have to help me make a difference, how I use my networks, and the approach I have taken to working with different stakeholder groups. This approach meant I was immediately selected for a leadership position as Deputy Cabinet Member for Innovation in the borough. These are benefits that I have applied to my day-to-day work as well.
One of my biggest takeaways from my experience at Windsor was the role for self-care in nurturing and replenishing you as a leader. By applying these insights, I’ve been more resilient as I’ve met the various demands of being a local councillor at the same time as performing a leadership role in a busy consultancy.
'Emerging Strategic Leaders 2017'
I came to the Windsor Leadership Course wanting to learn more about developing greater levels of resiliency and increase my ability to develop ‘grace under pressure’ as a leadership quality. These are qualities I very much admire in others who demonstrate them, and qualities as a leader within the charity sector I feel are a real must to develop. I feel I’ve very much developed my ‘resiliency reservoir’ through the Windsor Leadership Course, but actually so much more! The insights and skills I have gained have benefited Young Enterprise in a number of ways. In the role of Deputy CEO and former COO in a medium sized charity, your attention is often pulled in all sorts of different directions. I’m now much more focused in applying my own personal resources to areas I feel I can have most impact for the Charity and those of which my strengths would be of most benefit to the organisation. I’m also much more comfortable with delegating tasks to others, having developed a greater understanding of the importance of being able to delegate well in a leadership position. I am much more proactive in supporting others to achieve their own goals / objectives and then ‘getting out of the way’ to let them do great things. As I have a much clearer sense of the important differences between leadership and management, which I definitely gained through the Windsor Leadership Programme. I would have achieved none of this without the support of The Telos Foundation. Thank you so much!
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs
Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)
'Emerging Strategic Leaders 2018'
I was very fortunate to be supported by Telos to attend the 'Emerging Leaders' programme run by Windsor Leadership. The most valuable aspect of the programme was having time for reflection. Not only did the facilitated space help me learn more about my own leadership style, but it also helped me develop an insight into the leadership style of others. The diversity of participants was hugely beneficial in terms of considering work-life balance, especially when work is not 'just a job' but a sense of purpose. I learned some really useful strategies that are helping me keep a sense of perspective. I also gained clarity on what motivates me as a charity leader and that is about creating the change I want to see within society. I now have a much better understanding of how I can develop a common sense of purpose within the charity so that we are all working towards the same goal. The learning I gained and the connections I made are also helping facilitate this.