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Leadership Insights: Scaling for Transformative Impact


"Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results"1.

We are lucky you and I. We are lucky because we serve in leadership positions in purpose-driven organisations and thus have the opportunity to have an impact on things that matter to us – things that are important for the broader community and society. But the price of this opportunity is that we must honestly and continuously ask ourselves – are we having the right impact?

Because impact is what matters at the end of each day – the activity undertaken and the outputs delivered are irrelevant if they do not create lasting impact for our beneficiaries – it is simply wasted money, time and energy. In our many conversations and strategic consultations with clients throughout the last 12-18 months, it has become clear that the delivery of impact is starting to take its rightful place at the top of the agenda for non-profit boards and executives.

To make the most of the opportunity we all have in front of us, we should always remember that whilst many use it as a noun, impact is in fact a verb – it is a ‘doing’ word. This paper will recap the current non-profit landscape, build a case for scaling around impact and provide a framework for Boards to think about their own organisation and the options available to them. And importantly, we will also explore the critical role of the funder in delivering maximum impact. 

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