Illuminating Leadership

Exploring the Light & Shade of Collective Leadership

28 February - 3 March 2022

Festival Programme

Start signing up to events during Illuminating Leadership Festival. All events are free and open to all, no matter their background. 
Click on the button below to view the online festival calendar and to sign up to individual events. 

About the Festival

Taking place for the first time from 28th February to 3rd March 2022, Illuminating Leadership 2022 is a global online festival aiming to shed light on the benefits and opportunities, as well as challenges of collective, systems- and place-based leadership. Over the course of the four days, the festival will see a variety of self-hosted events, during which participants and hosts can reflect, share, and identify ways in which we can support people across public services and beyond to feel truly empowered, sufficiently emboldened and able to use their creativity in a way that supports real system change. The festival has been co-designed and produced with partners from across public services and invites those with experience in these topics to contribute by hosting an event during the festival. 

All events are free and open to anyone with an interest in collective, systems- and place-based leadership. Submissions have just opened for self-hosted events, but have a look what events are already on the festival calendar – and make sure to come back regularly as events are being uploaded continuously.  

Background & Aims

It’s been ten years since the Christie Commission reported and called for more effective collaboration and leadership across public services in Scotland in order to improve outcomes for people. How have we progressed since then? 

Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland, recently shared his thoughts on this and remarks that Christie’s aspiration to put people at the heart of public services is as relevant today as it was ten years ago.  He reflects too on some of the reasons why we haven’t yet achieved Christie’s aspirations and suggests that we’re not using our collective leadership capability effectively:

“I am not convinced that public sector leaders really feel accountable for delivering change that demands different organisations work together….it’s clear that too many of them still don’t feel truly empowered or sufficiently emboldened to make the changes they think are needed to deliver Christie. Our collective appetite for risk-taking and innovation, and how we hold public sector leaders to account, also need to shift.  If every ‘failure’ results in hostile media and political scrutiny, we will never encourage creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and risk-taking in how we deliver public services…..we have to give our leaders the space, time and incentives to take managed risks.” 

– Stephen Boyle, September 2021

We will use this festival to shine a light on these issues, learn together and explore opportunities for system change. We will use these questions to start our conversation:

  • There has been an emergence of a different type of leadership evidenced during the time of the pandemic – what have we learned from this and what does this mean for the leadership of the future?

  • Place-based approaches have grown in importance and relevance to systems change. What are the examples that illustrate working collectively with families, communities and public services and how can we use these to encourage collective leadership in other parts of the system? 
  • How do our structures and cultures support or hinder the use of our collective leadership capability?  What can we do to develop more empowering structures and cultures?

  • What does this mean for leadership development?   How can we learn and develop leadership in this context of place-based and cross-sectoral work?  Where is the light and shade in collective leadership and its development?

  •  What are the global examples that provide a different perspective and connect learning, insight and creativity?

The Organising Team

The festival has been co-designed and produced with partners from across public services including: Collective Leadership for Scotland, Police Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Health Care Improvement Scotland, Education Scotland, Improvement Service, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), 3rd Sector and the Scottish Government. If you would like to get in touch with the team, please contact:

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