The Leader is a person with passion and persistence who is highly self-motivated and able to work through any problems or resistance from other persons or organisations.
The leader will drive the programme of work and prepare the agenda for meetings based on consultation with the other trustees and members and any relevant external events, such as government consultations. They need to be aware that other stakeholders in the field of dog breeding and welfare may be resistant to change. The leader should also be aware that the collaborative approach, which is widely favoured as a theoretical concept, gives rise to a gap between its promise and real achievements. Collaboration is likely to result in compromises which do not benefit the health and welfare of dogs and yet confrontation will likely result in not achieving our goals. The leader must be respectful of others who are doing their job within other organisations and build on those relationships. At the same time, the leader needs to be assertive about achieving the goal of effective UK-wide statutory and regulatory protection of dogs, and changes within the dog breeding industry to focus on health and welfare. Within a world of history and tradition and emphasis on breed purity, this is the most challenging task.
The leader should be flexible in their approach and be prepared to adapt plans if they aren’t working out. They will have a particular work style which needs to be recognised and acceptable to the trustees and other members. The leader must be prepared to review and learn – check on progress and learn from mistakes. They need to be trusted and given freedom and support by the trustees and members as an understanding that the role of leader is a tough one.
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