With nominations for the second annual Future Vision Awards open now, we spoke to last years award winners to find out how winning one of our prestigious awards made them feel. Here you can read the responses from the Award for Leadership winner, Sarah Cunningham from Central England Cooperative
What did the award mean to you?
I was over the moon to win the award and be recognised by my manager in the nomination. Whilst this was personal for me, you are only as good as the team around you so it was a great success to take back to the team and lead by example. There were times when I felt like I wasn’t making progress in the team as quickly as I would have liked to do but the award made me feel like the small progress steps that were being made were making a difference to others and that this was being noticed.
What does leadership mean to you?
For me personally it is watching people grow and supporting them to be brilliant. It is about providing both positive and constructive feedback on a timely basis and not avoiding difficult conversations as people cannot progress without this. It is about constantly looking at yourself and getting feedback from the team on leadership style and if you are adapting to individuals in the right way.
Being resilient most definitely and above all, it is amazing for me to have those goose bump moments when you see the team progress and make you proud because all the time and effort you have spent with them has paid off.
How are you still making a difference within your organisation?
I am constantly pushing myself and the team to continuously improve as well as bringing new ideas and approaches to the table.
Thank you for your responses Sarah, we hope this inspires future leadership award winners!