Governance & Leadership

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Course Description

Welcome to the governance and leadership module. This module is prepared and delivered in conjunction with other modules aimed at providing knowledge, skills and competence to the Social Enterprise Sector. As part of the “The Third Way” Erasmus+ initiative the structure and format of this module will guide anyone interested in setting-up, working in or improving their impact within a Social Enterprise. Likewise, you will learn “by doing” the exercises that are at the end of the module and answering thought provoking questions posed during the presentations, this is aimed at improving your knowledge of governance and leadership within the Social Enterprise sector.

As a member of a Social Enterprise, or an entrepreneur ready to set-up a Social Enterprise, you will be able to share your experiences with peers and others in the sector by providing a “pitch” on social media. This will give you the opportunity to network with like-minded people and to share best practice ideas thus bringing your skill level to practitioner. Additional reading is provided, especially showing case study material and sector good practice form all over the world. Further advanced reading is provided, in the form of scientific journal articles and book references, that can advance your knowledge to expert level, once you understand them and apply some of their content successfully to your setting.

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Good luck and we hope you enjoy the learning experience.

This is the start of the introductory session of governance and leadership. Hope you enjoy the journey and learn about the governance and leadership module you are about to start. In total there are four learning sessions you can now follow that take you from introduction to governance and leadership for social enterprises, understanding effective governance and leadership, managing stakeholder expectations and learning more about the power of the vision driven enterprise.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, it is expected that the learner will…

Lesson 1

  1. Understand the difference between a governor and a leader.
  2. Recognise the different board of governor structures that a social enterprise can employ.
  3. Recognise and fulfil the necessary functions of a governor.

Lesson 2

  1. Identify strategies and practical steps to manage all identified stakeholders.

Lesson 3

  1. Recognise the impact of an effective vision and mission statement.