Leadership at Diabetes UK
We develop leaders so that they can transform their services, organisations and the world around them.
Our leadership programmes are designed to help you develop your leadership skills, understand yourself as a leader, build resilience and recognise your potential to impact on others.
We offer a range of free programmes suited to wherever you are on your leadership journey.
Our leadership philosophy
Change comes from all levels of the system
Responsibility for change doesn’t lie in the hands of a few, heroic individuals. The unprecedented scale and complexity of the diabetes crisis calls for leadership like never before – leadership that is distributed at local levels and unleashes the enormous potential of systems and individuals.
Everyone is a leader
Leadership is not restricted to those with a formal title. A leader is anyone with the courage to take responsibility to create change for people living with or affected by diabetes.
Leaders grow leaders.
Leadership is about facilitating change and cultivating cultures of meaning, belonging, hope, compassion and diverse perspectives. Leaders help acknowledge fear and uncertainty and provide space and support for individuals and groups to find their way in the dark.
Whatever the problem, community is the answer.
Leaders recognise the workplace as interconnected systems. Building coalitions and collaborative relationships, and sustaining strong networks that are responsive and adaptive to change, are vital to success.
Leadership development is a lifelong journey.
Leaders aren’t born exceptional individuals. Leadership is a set of skills and behaviours we can all develop. At every stage of your journey, leadership development involves both learning new ideas and unlearning existing ones.