Week 1

Know Yourself, Be Yourself,
Look After Yourself



Welcome to Week 1 of the Discover Programme!

This week is based on the foundational elements of our work at Clore Social and is all about developing a clearer understanding of your leadership style. It is focused on the personal qualities that social leaders have and how they’re demonstrated. Effective social leaders know themselves, be themselves and look after themselves. 

The Six Capabilities

Over the next four weeks we're going to be referring regularly to the Six Capabilities of Social Leadership (the six), a framework that we've developed through working with hundreds of social leaders. 



The six gives an overview of the key leadership capabilities required to be a successful social leader. Leadership can be ethereal and hard to understand as a concept - this helps provide a framework and structure through which to approach it.

Depending upon where you are in your leadership journey and the context in which you work, your fluency and ability to perform each capability may differ. Leadership is a life-long journey and through identifying where you stand with regards to each capability you can begin to focus your development. 

In the document below, you'll find a deeper dive into the six. You'll need to have a general understanding of them for this week's tasks so do have a read through.

Hear Clore Social Fellow and Social Policy and Diversity Manager at the GLA, Julia Slay, talk about knowing yourself, being yourself and looking after yourself.

Start your thinking

Last week we asked you to fill out a self-assessment based on the six capabilities of social leadership.

 This week, take 20-25 minutes to go over your answers and note down the areas where you rated yourself strongly and those where you didn't. Think about why you scored yourself the way you did and of any examples that come to mind.  


Knowing yourself is a quality in itself and it can be developed. Here are some insights from others. You might like to use these as prompts for your own thinking.


Manfred Ket De Vries

Take a look at yourself in the leadership mirror 


Caroline McHugh

The art of being yourself


Susan David

Building emotional agility

Long read

Daniel Goleman

Emotional intelligence and leadership


What are you passionate about? Where are you strongest as a leader and where do you know you need to develop?  

You may want to refer to the six capabilities to help structure your thinking but remember, it’s your thinking we’re most interested in. There is no right answer.