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Publications & research

The Cultural Leadership Programme commissioned a significant body of research to review the nature of leadership development within the cultural and creative industries and better understand the issues and challenges faced in today’s environment.

Working strategically with partners within and outwith the cultural and creative industries the CLP used its research to create the platforms from which to develop new programmes, track progress against milestones and strengthen its evidence base for advocacy. The CLP placed these outcomes in the context of the wider environment to promote models of good practice and diverse methodologies to achieve sector ambitions.

Publication Description

A cultural leadership reader

The reader is a resource you will probably want to dip into rather than read cover to cover. At the front you will find a commentary that sets the context for leadership and leadership development in the sector and reflects on all the
contributions, identifying themes that help us organise and make sense of how we think about cultural leadership. While reference is made to all of the contributions, some articles are only available in the online version. To read the reader in its entirety you are directed to

Governance Now: The Hidden Challenge of Leadership

This new publication from the Cultural Leadership Programme draws extensively on the knowledge and experience of a diverse and eclectic collection of industry leaders to review the issues, structures and characteristics of good governance.  It is designed to stimulate a debate about governance as well as offer practical recommendations and tools for the development of a high-performing board and advice about what to do when things go wrong. <//font>

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Leadership

The failure to recruit and develop a more diverse workforce has been highlighted by the Department for Culture Media and Sport as a potential problem for the future growth and prosperity of the creative and cultural sector. The underrepresentation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders in the sector is a pressing issue that is evidenced by all the currently available data.

The Cultural Leadership Programme and Arts Council England’s decibel initiative commissioned The Change Institute to undertake the first comprehensive baseline report on BAME leadership in the creative and cultural sector.

CLP Strategic Evaluation

In June 2007 DTZ was commissioned by the Cultural Leadership Delivery Partnership of Arts Council England (ACE), Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills) and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) to produce an independent evaluation of the Cultural Leadership Programme based on the assessment of its achievements, efficiency, impact and legacy since its launch in June 2006.

Heritage, Legacy and Leadership

The Cultural Leadership Programme and the Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Heritage were delighted to present Heritage, Legacy and Leadership: Ideas and Interventions on 22 February 2008. This international symposium was conceived as a cutting-edge intervention to stimulate analysis and debate that would enrich leadership development within the heritage sector.

The report Heritage, Legacy and Leadership: Ideas and Interventions can be downloaded using the link on the right.  It features Doudou Diène’s thought-provoking keynote address along with a selection of the inspirational and at times challenging presentations that have been revised for the publication.

Women in Leadership

When the Cultural Leadership Programme hosted Women at the Top in June 2007 we had to move venues to accommodate over 200 women and men who had responded eagerly to the opportunity to explore the challenges for women in leadership. This is a subject which elicits strong, often contradictory, opinions. Whilst some lament the lack of female role models and a decline in priority actions, others list a stream of high profile women as evidence of progress. Surely both views cannot be right. But where is the evidence? The absence of hard data is a chink in the collective armour.

With an increasing reputation for innovative leadership development the Cultural Leadership Programme took the initiative to fill the critical gap in the sector’s knowledge base by commissioning the first independent report on women in leadership in the creative and cultural sector. This quantitative research creates a marker in the sand, setting a baseline for measuring future progress and testing those strong reactions that this subject will doubtless continue to engender.

Equality, Leadership, Possibilities

'We wanted to capture and extend the debate that went on in the Dialogues on Leadership. So we asked the commentator and policy developer Naseem Khan OBE to write an essay inspired by them. She has done this by engaging a number of international thinkers and inviting them to bring their own perspective to the themes of the Dialogues. The result, Equality, Leadership, Possibilities: addressing social change, is both a legacy from the Dialogues and a call to continue the debate on leadership. This is something the Cultural Leadership Programme is committed to doing

Meeting the challenge

Meeting the Challenge publication draws on extensive research conducted within and outside the cultural and creative industries and on an analysis of the lessons learned during the Cultural Leadership Programme’s first phase of activity. It identifies priorities for supporting and developing current and future leaders. These include the development of a strategic framework for professional development; a focus on diagnostic analysis and the personcentred approach; investing in non-executive leadership; embracing and delivering diversity; using bespoke delivery models; valuing workbased learning and networks; transferring learning from the cultural and creative industries; and developing international opportunities and entrepreneurial approaches. The Cultural Leadership Programme is committed to using its resources to work with other partners, organisations and individuals to deliver those priorities.

Women at the Top- A Provocation Piece

The CLP Women at the Top debate focussed on the wider question of leadership and how it is exercised, on the nature of a leader, and on the culture of management and the price it extorts. It expressed impatience at the slow pace of change but also sought practical ways forward. The debate was both wide in its scope and precise in its detail, grounded though the lessons learned by a notably experienced and knowledgeable body of people – on the platform and in the packed hall itself. Read the Women at the Top Provocation Piece by Demos.