Give the leadership team six appeal

Bigger is not better at the top of charities: the strongest leadership teams have an average of six members, at least half of whom are appointed from outside, according to a new report.

Top teams also tend to be more ethnically diverse and better-educated, with more than two-thirds holding postgraduate degrees, says the report, Building Outstanding Leadership Teams.

“Size is really important,” said Mike Hudson, one of the authors. “Our evidence suggests that, above a certain size, teams are less effective. Anything above eight starts to get much harder to manage . . . while below four or five you don’t get the diversity you need to grapple with all the issues.”

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