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Leadership shouldn’t fit like a glove

Leadership shouldn’t fit like a glove

We believe in a model of leadership that privileges character over skills. That’s not to say skills are unimportant, but they should always be secondary. The strongest candidates according to this character-oriented model often exhibit a level of reluctance or unease about the prospect of assuming a position of leadership – it doesn’t fit them like a glove, but is worn with a degree of discomfort.

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A Conversation with Stewart McCulloch

A Conversation with Stewart McCulloch

“In Christian circles, we often gift too much power to our leaders by not holding them accountable enough. That’s not the biblical model. The Bible is clear that leaders are held to higher standards. We should be demanding of our leaders, rather than them being demanding of us." Our founder and Director, Allan Beckett, recently interviewed Stewart McCulloch.

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Tides of Change: recruiting in transition periods

Tides of Change: recruiting in transition periods

In the last six months, we’ve worked with a number of charities going through significant strategic shifts or restructures. A tide of change is sweeping across the faith-based charity sector, perhaps encouraged by the lessons learned from COVID and the various cultural shifts that happened during the pandemic. In this blog, the Carnelian Team reflects on the particular challenges of recruitment during a time of transition.

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A conversation with Krish Kandiah: Hospitality & Christian Leadership

A conversation with Krish Kandiah: Hospitality & Christian Leadership

Dr Krish Kandiah is a social entrepreneur, foster parent, and Founding Director of the adoption and fostering charity, Home for Good. He is Chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board and Founder of the Global Children in Care Summit. He is also Director of the Sanctuary Foundation, which seeks to support new arrivals to the UK from Ukraine, and Founder of UKHK.org, which seeks to welcome new arrivals from Hong Kong. We spoke to Krish about the role of hospitality in leadership.

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A conversation with Frankie Knight: attracting and supporting young trustees

A conversation with Frankie Knight: attracting and supporting young trustees

Frankie has been a trustee of TISCA (The Independent Schools Christian Alliance) for 10 years. She is also on the Council of Dean Close School in Cheltenham. As a millennial on boards, we were interested in her experience as a young trustee.

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A conversation with Scot Bower

A conversation with Scot Bower

Scot Bower has been CEO of CSW since 2020. He is currently studying for an MA in Charity Leadership & Management at St Mary’s University. We wanted to ask him about the research he’s undertaking which considers an aspect of charity governance for his dissertation.

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