Management & leadership, Management, Leadership

Building Outstanding Leadership Teams

Imagine if you could take a peek 'under the bonnet' of the UK's largest and most successful charities, to find out exactly how they've become so effective.

That is what Compass Partnership and CASS did, uncovering the common characteristics in the management, structure and strategies of the UK’s most outstanding not-for-profits.

Here learn what the researchers discovered about really effective leadership, then apply it to your own organisation.

Who should buy this book?

This report is for those working at the very top of charities of every size, from chief executives and trustees, to leadership teams and department heads.

Charity sector consultants, advisers and others working to improve charity effectiveness will also find it an invaluable guide.

What does it cover?

This unique journey into the insides of the UK’s leading charities will tell you:

  • How are the most successful charities structured, for efficiency and effectiveness?
  • Which leadership styles and methods work and which don’t?
  • How to build great teams that work well together and across your organisation.
  • Discover the smallest changes you can make to mirror the most successful charity brands.

‘Insightful, thought-providing and long overdue research to assist chief executives to get the best from their leadership teams’.

David Bilton, Chief Executive, Woodard Academies Trust


‘These findings give an insight into one of the most challenging things to benchmark in your organisation – leadership. It’s invaluable to have hard data on what others are doing’.

Alison Wallace, Chief Executive, Shelterbox

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Have a look inside Building Outstanding Leadership Teams.

About the authors

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is Founder and Director of Compass Partnership and has been working with Chairs, Chief Executives and leadership teams of civil society organisations and their funders for over 30 years. He has also worked for many government departments, helping to shape policy and funding programmes for the voluntary sector. Previously Mike worked for Friends of the Earth as Administrative Director.

Mike has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Cass Business School at City University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Governance magazine.

His book Managing Without Profit (Third Edition) has sold well over 23,000 copies, been translated into three languages and published in an Australian edition. His other titles include: Managing at the Leading Edge, Delivering Effective Governance and Building Outstanding Leadership Teams

Jacinta Ashworth

Jacinta is a first-class honours graduate from Bristol University with over 20 years’ experience in conducting market and social research. For nearly ten years she worked for BMRB International, a leading UK market research agency where she managed research for the public and non-profit sectors. Jacinta’s published research includes surveys for the Home Office, the British Heart Foundation, Scope, Tearfund among others.

Since 2003 she has been a Research Consultant with Compass Partnership where she has conducted research assignments for NSPCC, the Royal College of Nursing, Citizen’s Advice and others. She is joint author with Mike Hudson of Delivering Effective Governance and Building Outstanding Leadership Teams.23.3328

If you buy a hard copy of Managing without Profit, you will receive a free hard copy of Building Outstanding Leadership Teams.

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