Leadership is a vital element in humanitarian operations. Good leadership can lead to more effective humanitarian response while poor leadership can create delays, confusion, and missed opportunities.
Both agencies and their staff in the field are well aware of this. When polled for ALNAPs 2012 State of the Humanitarian System report they singled out poor leadership as the greatest constraint to the performance of humanitarian operations.
But what does good leadership look like? And how can we promote it? The humanitarian sector has often assumed that good leadership is all about ensuring that we have talented individual leaders in place.
Through a literature review, interviews and a survey, ALNAP’s new study ‘Rethinking operational leadership’ challenges this assumption and provides evidence to demonstrate which factors really make the strongest contributions to effective leadership.
“Rethinking operational leadership” suggests any attempt to improve leadership should zoom out from the leader to pay greater attention to the structures and the team that are critical in developing and implementing the vision and the strategy for a response.
Join us for a panel discussion to launch this study, where we will discuss the findings of our literature review, survey and interviews into effective leadership.
- Jane Cocking – Humanitarian Director, Oxfam GB
- Steve Goudswaard – Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Manager, World Vision International
- David Kaatrud – Director of Emergencies, World Food Programme (tbc)
- Paul Knox Clarke – Head of Research and Communications, ALNAP