When we think of leaders we tend to look to national and celebrity leaders, the good and not so good. We are somehow drawn to their charisma, their at-ease style and comfort in their own skin. It is a bonus if they are leading for the greater good, and we all have great expectations of our leaders.
So when leaders ‘fail’ we are disappointed, we take it personally. Social media creates a world where we are only a tweet away from our leaders. When we discover that they too are human, we start to unpick all their faults. But leadership is not easy. There are endless books, articles, websites and experts on leadership, often citing it as a journey, with excellence always out of reach. Somehow this doesn’t sound so attractive but when we set leadership in the context of the social sector, it starts to have a greater appeal.