Keith Towler, Chair of the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS) has been recognised for showcasing great leadership by winning the Voluntary & Not For Profit Sector award, sponsored by Williams Ross Ltd at this year’s Leading Wales Awards, in association with the Institute of Leadership & Management.
Phil James, CEO of the Institute of Leadership & Management, which represents leaders and managers in Wales said: “Many leaders we have seen this year provide tangible, inspirational leadership in their organisation. We believe that this is key to personal fulfilment, social wellbeing and economic prosperity both for Wales and the UK. That is why we support the Leading Wales Awards in its quest to identify and celebrate real leaders in Wales.”
Keith said “It’s great to receive this recognition but I owe this to the whole CWVYS family. I’m proud to be involved with voluntary youth work sector. A sector that changes and saves young people’s lives every day”.
Barbara Chidgey, chair of the Leading Wales Awards Consortium added: “In the very many years the awards have been running, I have noticed in the entries increased evidence of a focus on transactional leadership approaches, where the leadership outlined is very much about targets that are set, met and delivered upon.
“In Wales and probably in the UK, we mostly “do” transactional leadership almost to the exclusion of any other approaches. I believe we also need to “be” much more transformative in our leadership and inspire and engage hearts and souls of those we work with so that, collectively, we willingly deliver on those set targets.
“Our finalists and winners demonstrate this more rounded approach to leadership – the ability to deliver on targets as well to engage and inspire those they work with and for. This is the kind of leadership that will indeed help build the “Wales we want”.
For more information please visit www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk.