The leadership programme brought together managers and practitioners from the public, private and voluntary sectors in the city to look at how they could work together more efficiently to improve outcomes for Birmingham citizens and deliver “more for less”.
Leadership for Change was a ground-breaking scheme to create a new kind of public servant for Birmingham, developed by Be Birmingham, working with Common Purpose, a not-for-profit organisation with over 20 years’ leadership experience.
Funded by Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands, the regional improvement and efficiency partnership, it was created in response to the learning that came out of Birmingham’s Total Place pilot in relation to adopting a “whole area approach” to leadership.
The programme, based on real life situations and real people, focused on the benefits of leading through collaboration while recognising the challenges and difficulties that this presents. Nearly 100 participants took part in a wide range of activities, including visiting different organisations in the city, working alongside senior leaders and investigating different ways of leading change where they don’t have formal authority over decisions and resources.
Brian Carr, BVSC’s chief executive and Be Birmingham executive board collaborative leadership champion, said: “Leadership for Change provided a great opportunity to bring together a group of passionate people who want to make a difference to public service delivery in the city. Participants shared considerable insight about the challenges that the city faces. Most importantly, they were empowered to put forward some really innovative ideas for doing things better.”