The challenges of leadership in the third sector

Julie Hodges (Lead / Corresponding author), William Howieson

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    The third sector is experiencing a radical shift due to social, political and economic changes in Europe. Due to these shifts and their implications, the question of leadership has become significant and needs to be explored. This article contributes to the literature on the challenges of leadership in the sector. It does so by drawing on the personal narratives provided by leaders across the sector. The views expressed by the narratives provide a deeper insight into leadership in the third sector, than has previously existed. The narratives are valuable for a number of reasons including: they help to extend the knowledge and perspectives of leadership in a way that acknowledges the uniqueness of the sector; they contribute to a better understanding of the challenges faced by leaders in the sector; and they serve as an illustration of the benefit of approaching leadership through the eyes of those practising leadership. The article concludes by identifying the impact for leadership across the sector and the implications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-77
    Number of pages9
    JournalEuropean Management Journal
    Issue number1
    Early online date10 Jan 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


    • Leadership
    • third sector
    • community and social enterprise


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