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Changing cultures: transforming leadership in the arts, museums and libraries

Posted on 26/09/2018

The arts, museums and libraries need brave and innovative leaders committed to allowing new voices to be heard

Arts Council England have published a report by King’s College London on the current landscape of leadership development in the arts, museums and libraries. The report – Changing cultures – is part of body of new research commissioned to inform the Arts Council’s forthcoming 10 year strategy during the period 2020-2030. The research was led by King’s Cultural Fellow, Sue Hoyle, in partnership with researchers working in Culture and King's Policy Institute.*

Taking into consideration the shifting leadership environment of recent years, the report concludes that the significant challenges being faced by the arts, museum and library sectors require innovative, brave and resilient leaders who will change organisational culture to create a new paradigm of leadership. Most urgent is the need for greater diversity in the workforce, with leaders who understand the importance of enabling new voices to be heard.   

Using a variety of research methods including a wide-ranging survey, case studies, interviews and focus groups, the key findings from the report show that leadership is developed most effectively through a combination of structured learning, self-reflection, exchange and practical experience.  A range of high quality leadership development opportunities is available, but their effectiveness is reliant on organisations being flexible, committed to learning and open to change. Alongside this is the acknowledgement that there is much to learn from leadership development in other sectors and countries, and that the competencies for leadership in different sectors are converging. 

If you have any questions about the report or would like to find out more, please contact Kirstie Hewlett on kirstie.hewlett@kcl.ac.uk

Find out more about the research via the full report which can be accessed here.

 

*Kirstie Hewlett, Laura Jones and Alex Talbott with Ruth Hogarth and Ben Wilkinson

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