Applications are now open for Future Leaders of Nottingham 2018 – a unique leadership programme designed to make leadership in the city more diverse and representative of all Nottingham’s communities – by discovering and developing future leaders from all walks of life.
The programme aims to discover and develop people with genuine leadership potential, so you don’t necessarily have to be in a senior or managerial position at work to apply. Instead, you’ll need to show leadership qualities like authenticity, ambition, integrity and pragmatism.
Successful applicants will get the chance to experience leadership at the highest level, while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to become a leader – through masterclasses, mentoring and coaching for example.
The city-wide programme, now in its third year, is creating a network of talented leaders with the ability to inspire others and drive change – across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
It’s being run by us, in partnership with many of Nottingham’s leading organisations, including Nottingham City Council, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottingham City Homes, Futures Advice, Skills and Employment Ltd and Communities Inc.
Time to act
Across the UK, leadership is still hugely under-representative of women and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, with just 6% of people from BAME backgrounds in top jobs and only 22% of women. LGBT+ communities face discrimination too, with a recent survey finding that over half of LGBT+ employees hide their sexual orientation or gender identity, because they think they won’t be considered for promotion or development opportunities.
The business case for increasing diversity and representation is huge. Research by McKinsey shows that organisations with a gender-diverse board are 15% more likely to outperform their peers financially, and those with an ethnically-diverse board 35% more likely.
As well as looking for potential future leaders, we’re also looking for more private, public and voluntary sector organisations to get involved.
To find out more, or to apply, please call Holly James on 0115 911 2226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org