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The challenges of leadership in the third sector

Hodges, J.; Howieson, B.

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B. Howieson


The third sector is experiencing a radical shift due to social, political and economic changes in Europe. Due to these shifts and their implications, the question of leadership has become significant and needs to be explored. This article contributes to the literature on the challenges of leadership in the sector. It does so by drawing on the personal narratives provided by leaders across the sector. The views expressed by the narratives provide a deeper insight into leadership in the third sector, than has previously existed. The narratives are valuable for a number of reasons including: they help to extend the knowledge and perspectives of leadership in a way that acknowledges the uniqueness of the sector; they contribute to a better understanding of the challenges faced by leaders in the sector; and they serve as an illustration of the benefit of approaching leadership through the eyes of those practising leadership. The article concludes by identifying the impact for leadership across the sector and the implications.


Hodges, J., & Howieson, B. (2017). The challenges of leadership in the third sector. European Management Journal, 35(1), 69-77.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 27, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 10, 2017
Publication Date Jan 10, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 10, 2019
Journal European Management Journal
Print ISSN 0263-2373
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 69-77
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