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What is Leaders for Leeds?

Leaders for Leeds is a network that connects people from across all sectors in Leeds who are committed to making a positive difference in the city, based on the premise that services built on the strengths of the public, private and third sector will produce better outcomes for local people.

Leaders for Leeds is run by its participants.  This means that as a participant, you can choose your level of engagement and participation: you can help shape the network, you can attend events, you can contribute to the discussion on the website – the degree of participation is up to you.

The principles of leadership that underpin Leaders for Leeds

  1. Leaders know that assets can be found – you have to look with your eyes open
  2. Leaders connect – they seek and find others to enable them to ‘open doors’ to make a difference, they know you can only do it together.
  3. Leaders learn – they don’t fear failure, its part of being successful.
  4. Leaders look for assets not deficits – they support not disable.
  5. Leaders take action – they implement ideas into tangible results
  6. Leaders pay it forward – they have the attitude of ‘growing the pie’

Who comes to the events?

People from the community, private, public, third sectors attend; community leaders, CEOs, academics, volunteers, clinicians, managers, professionals, consultants and students.  The common thread is that they are interested in working together across sectors to improve Leeds.

What do you do?

Different members of the network are working on different issues to improve the city.  Those who would like to get input from colleagues at Leaders for Leeds will hold an event. Each meeting lasts approximately one to two hours and can include networking, a speaker and break-out sessions or workshops.   There is also an annual conference and ongoing workshops to support members with city challenges, such as the Leeds Digital Health Strategy.  There are also further resources in the form of articles, brief videos and blog posts our website that participants are invited to contribute to and read.

If you are interested in getting input from your colleagues in Leaders for Leeds about a question or issue, and would like to provide a topic for an event, please contact us. Details at the top of the page.

If you are able to host a Leaders for Leeds event or provide breakfast (no topic necessary) please get in touch!

What kind of issues have you looked at?

Issues have spanned all sectors.  They have included addressing high cost payday lenders, how to best support individuals struggling between adult social care and employment, fraud, how to grow and support a social initiative around beekeeping, achieving a strong citizen voice in e-health, and how we can best respond to welfare benefit changes.

Typically, after the events a group of those interested continue the work and conversation outside of Leaders for Leeds.

What will happen when I get there?

When you come, there will be typically coffee, tea and we tend to have some food together (breakfast/ lunch/ tea) and groups of friendly people who are looking forward to meeting you.  After some time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, there is typically a brief presentation, workshop, or session around the topic.  Many often stay after to connect with others about the topic or other issues that they may be able to work together on.

I’m not sure if I’m a ‘leader’?  What if I don’t have any specific issues I’m interested in?  I’m not sure what I can contribute?

We believe that everyone has something to teach, and everyone has something to learn.  The diversity of the network is precisely what makes the conversations so rich and what makes the feedback so unique.  Try coming to an event anyway – you may be surprised at just how valuable what you bring will be.

There are many reasons why people come to Leaders for Leeds, and many different things that people get out of their participation.  Many people come for personal reasons – to network, to learn about new issues, to get new ideas.  Some come as they have a special interest in an issue being discussed, and others come because they enjoy the events.  There are many ways you can get value from participating.

How do I join?

If you are interested in attending an event or hearing more about the network, or have other questions, please contact us. Details at the top of the page.

I have accessibility needs

Please contact us to discuss these and we will work with you – many have offered help with transport and other support.

I can’t attend breakfast events

Leaders for Leeds events are run by those in the network – those running the events pick the times of day.  If you are interested in running or hosting an event or conversation please let us know the topic, location and time of day you are interested in. Contact details at the top of the page.