Building on the success of the previous two years’ leadership development programmes, our 2022 Leading for Tomorrow Programme launched in March, with a diverse line up of participants from organisations across the sector, and we’ve been excited to get started!
Last year, given the intensity of the pandemic, there was a heavy focus on building trust, managing expectations and navigating through uncertainty, as many leaders had to learn a new set of skills to lead their teams remotely. This year, there is a strong emphasis on understanding our purpose as leaders, and the programme will focus on developing individual strengths, working collaboratively and leading effectively through the current and future workplace challenges.
Our fourth Director’s Networking session took place in March. It was an insightful discussion, reviewing some of the topics discussed previously back in November 2021, and exploring what has changed in housing leadership since last year.
Participants shared some of the key challenges they are facing and were offered the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences, as well as discuss their plans for the year ahead. The group was able to re-connect, discuss challenges and unlock the transformative work that will be happening across the sector this year, as well as recognise the obstacles and risks associated with this work.
We revisited the topics of wellbeing and strengths-based leadership in the modern workplace, and discussed how transformational changes in the workplace, such as the ‘great resignation,’ net zero targets and the economic and political landscapes have shaped the decisions senior housing teams are making for their tenants, staff and organisations as we head further into 2022.
HR Directors Network
This spring, we introduce the first of our HR Directors networking events, as we respond to the transforming role HR is now playing across our workspaces. No longer simply about recruiting process, legality and compliance, HR heads are now playing an ever more responsible part in providing employees with individualised wellbeing packages and mental health support, whilst also embracing the changing needs of a hybrid workforce. People development is becoming hugely important, as the ‘great resignation’ (or ‘great migration’) continues to drive forward at full throttle.
Our workforce are now, more than ever, prioritising their wellbeing, striving for a healthy work-life balance, realigning their sense of purpose and questioning whether their current workplace is truly considerate of their value. They are also asking if their current roles are offering the right development opportunities for their future career paths.
If you would like to take part in any of our thought leadership projects and networking events, please contact Daniel Short on 07730 126 firstname.lastname@example.org.