Resourcing and developing leadership is an essential aspect of supporting and developing a movement for change.

Since the early 1990s, CRU has worked very deliberately to recognise, support, develop, mentor and connect the leaders in the sector and leadership development continues to be one of our strategic goals. As an agency we aim to both demonstrate leadership in what we do and to intentionally grow and develop leaders to lead the change that is needed.

In addition to this work CRU supports leadership development by regularly holding events on this theme and other topics that help develop and sustain people engaged in formal and informal leadership roles.

We know that there are many people with disabilities, family members, and workers in different roles and different types of organizations demonstrating leadership across our State. CRU recognises the need for development and networking opportunities for all people demonstrating leadership – not just those in formal leadership roles as there are many “ways” to lead and many paths to leadership.

Leadership often arises because a person with disability, family, paid workers or ordinary citizens see a need or step up because they have a vision of something better.

Some common features of leadership can include:

  • starting with the initial spark of an idea or belief that something could or should be different;
  • making a decision or taking a stand to do something about it;
  • taking the time to gather the resources needed;
  • enlisting and engaging others who bring a range of skills and abilities and being committed and responsible over time.

“Leadership is not a magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations”.

Peter Drucker

CRU recognises that while there are many passionate and effective leaders in formal roles, we don’t need to wait for them or leave it all to them. By investing in leadership development, CRU aims to grow and develop the pool of leaders and fortify people involved in a movement for change by highlighting the many forms that leadership can take and what can be done to support, inspire and develop it further.

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Family Leadership

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”

John Quincy Adams

Families have shown leadership both at the level of achieving a good and meaningful life for their family member, and also through advocating for social change and influencing systems change, creating new services, and influencing community attitudes. CRU recognises, however, that formal learning opportunities and better networks can help make those change efforts even more powerful. Structured leadership development activities can help families develop skills and support structures.

Even though family members rarely consider themselves a “leader”, indeed many effective family leaders do not fit the “up-front” leader mould. CRU works to develop the leadership skills and frameworks of family members – including mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles (etc.) through workshops, conversations, resourcing, mentoring and linking.

CRU assists families to develop and extend:

  • their vision,
  • frameworks on change and social inclusion;
  • skills;
  • Resources, knowledge and critical thinking;
  • self-awareness;
  • networks of support.

And I realise that holding on to an ordinary life is not my real challenge. My greatest test will always be to let go of the special. In knowing this, I reject the messages the world tries to give me and once again hold on to the promise of who he is – a boy, my son. No more, no less”.

Glennys Mann, CRUcial Times 29

The purpose of CRU’s work on family leadership is to strengthen families for the long haul of leadership and change. By developing a movement of likeminded people, these leaders can support each other in these change efforts, both on a personal level and on broader issues that face their family members and the broader community.

What people have said about our Family Leadership work
  • “The Family Leadership Event has made me think about many things and events like these are wonderful for giving us the inspiration to continue on the path of making a better life for our son and hopefully other people with disabilities.”
  • “Thank you CRU for proactively introducing people and helping people being to network and make connections. It helped me in finding info that I needed to know”
  • “Always enjoy listening to other family members and their experiences. It’s inspirational to hear stories that work – that other average people can succeed”.
  • “I really enjoyed the solidarity of the participants, the speakers’ stories, learning strategies and ideas from others”.
  • “There are different ways to lead, perhaps my way is OK after all”