RIO is supporting the RSA, Power to Change and Sheffield University Management School to explore the unique leadership challenges faced by community businesses.
Community businesses are locally rooted and driven by a philosophy of community benefit, enterprise, inclusiveness and community control. They present a unique way of truly empowering local people, giving people from all corners of their local community the power to change their spaces and places, and improve the social and economic prospects of their community in the long term.
Leadership is an essential skill and a requirement for any community business aiming to achieve their goals. Leaders must be able to provide inspiration, motivation and clear direction within their team. Unlike traditional businesses, where leadership often comes from the top of the organisational hierarchy, we believe that community business leadership can come from a variety of people with different roles within the organisation.
Are you a community business leader?
Over the next two years the RSA will provide a support programme for community business leaders that combines leadership training and expertise with fast-track connections to experts and industries that may otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Find out how to apply for the Community Business Leaders programme below.
RSA Fellows with expertise in a range of areas from traditional business functions and impact measurement to storytelling and pitching, from different sectors are also being encouraged to apply as mentors to provide advice and mentor the Community Business Leaders on this programme. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for all expressions of interest for the Enterprise Leadership Business Programme is 17th April 2016.
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