Scottish Care is the representative body of independent care sector providers mainly covering care homes and homecare services for older people and adults. My role is to enable the voice of care providers to be heard, to advance and lobby for improvements in the care and support of older people and to challenge the widespread societal discrimination that exists on older people issues.
Donald has had a varied career including spells in academia and running a human rights and equality consultancy. He has held a professional interest in issues of death, dying and bereavement for a long time and is Chair of the Working Group behind the creation of Scotland’s National Bereavement Charter for Adults and Children.
The topic is important because I believe leadership by example has to be focussed around what it means to be authentic, relational, vulnerable and dynamic. These four characteristics enable personal psychological integrity and wellbeing and should, I believe, form the core characteristics of any and all who seek to lead others regardless of context or situation. Together they coalesce around a model of maieutic model for organisational leadership. Such an approach has, I would suggest, much to teach those of us who work in health and social care.