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CO3 interview Colm McDaid, winner of the 2018 Leading People Award, to find out what winning the Award meant to him

1. What did winning the “The Leading People” Award mean to you?

The CO3 Leadership Award meant a great deal to me from several perspectives. 

Firstly, it was very reassuring and appreciated that Supporting Communities’ Chair and Board members felt that I deserved a nomination in the first instance & took the time to complete the application.  It’s always nice to be recognised for your role but especially from one’s own Board members. 

 

Secondly, the Award category itself – ‘Leading People’ made the winning even more special given that, as a leader, I place great emphasis on learning & development among our staff i.e. empowering staff to think for themselves and to deliver a quality service to customers and clients alike. I also like to support staff in their own respective career development.

 

 

2. Would you recommend entering the CO3 Leadership Awards?

Absolutely, I have been a member of CO3 since I took up my role as CEO of Supporting Communities and I have attended several Leadership Award evenings.  Apart from being a wonderful evening for staff and board to share some quality time together, the Awards are also a great opportunity to network with other third sector leaders  and to catch up with colleagues which we don’t often get a chance to due to how busy everyone is at present.

It’s also really important to give recognition for excellence and best practice in any field of work or sector and the third sector is no different.  I feel it’s also important that this best practice is showcased so that Award winners can share what they do so that our sector improves as a whole.

 

 

3. If there was one piece of advice you would offer to another Third Sector leader what would it be?

I know it’s been often said but the leader’s position can be a very lonely role at times and therefore it is very important to look for support from organisations such as CO3 or a mentor.

 

 

4. What motivates you?

I don’t wish to sound too clichéd or trite, however, I feel very privileged and honoured to be the leader of Supporting Communities and to fulfil the role I have working with wonderful colleagues who empower communities and change lives in everything that they and we do as an organisation on a day and daily basis.  We hear alot about ‘making a difference’ and having an ‘impact’ – I am delighted to say that we really do and that’s what gets me out of bed in the mornings.

 

 

5. What do you think makes a good leader?

They are many people who have written books on this subject – all more intelligent than me, however, from a personal perspective I feel a good leader needs 3 key things; vision, energy & resilience.  I’ll maybe write my book in 10 years time!

 

 

6. What’s a little known fact about you?

I was going to say that I don’t have O’Level (GCSE for younger readers) Mathematics.  However, believe or not and I am sure many won’t but I used to perm my hair.  I should add my sister is a hairdresser and I suppose I was in the wrong place at the wrong time when she was experimenting with her perming lotion.  That’s 2 facts for the price of one!

 

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