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FAQs for Businesses and Line Managers

How much will it cost the company?

Nothing! This is a no-cost programme. All we ask for is your support in allowing your employee to attend the programme.

How much of my time will I have to commit?

You won’t need to commit any of your time – though as with all development we would suggest you check in with the Fellow on a regular basis to see how they are doing, how they can apply their learning in the workplace and how you can support them in doing that.

All we ask is that you allow any Fellows you have put on the programme the time and space to engage fully and attend the workshops. We would also welcome your feedback at the end of the programme to let us know what changes you have seen and the benefits your organisation has got from being involved.

What’s in it for me/us?

  • Free ILM accredited leadership development for your colleague(s)
  • The potential for your Fellow to pick up new business leads as a result of networking with peers on the programme and the charities
  • The programme is designed to ensure that your Fellow can apply their learning back into your organisation
  • The opportunity to fulfil some of your company’s CSR objectives

Can any business take part?

This programme is suited to middle managers with people and budgetary responsibilities and who want to move into more senior leadership roles. However, we have taken on high-potential junior leaders and conversely more experienced leaders who wish to challenge their assumptions about how to lead and refresh their skills.

We do select people for the Fellowship as places are limited using the above criteria, but if in doubt, please contact us.

What prompted The Red Thread Partnership to run this programme?

Our world seems ever more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – and this brings daunting challenges for leaders and can create fear and anxiety in communities.

We believe the best way to respond to these challenges is to develop leaders who take an interest in the world around them, who invest in building their local communities, and who have the skills and aptitudes required to deliver sustained organisational success.

We’ve always been involved with supporting charities and this was a way of bringing leaders and charities together to really make a difference!

We also:

  • Recognise that good leadership development takes time and therefore needed a year long programme
  • Heard from charities that one day events weren’t always helpful or impactful and they would prefer more long term support
  • Wanted to create something that helped build inclusive and caring communities.

Does it really ‘make a difference’?

The simple answer is yes! Last year, one of the charities saw an impact worth approximately £30,000. And the fellows are still engaged with them now, with one of them being appointed as a trustee.

What’s in it for The Red Thread?

Nothing – we just think it’s important.


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