Thing 1: Why is everyday leadership important?

In Thing 1, you will explore why it is important that your leadership qualities are recognised and rewarded in your everyday practice.


Scotland’s social services need effective leadership at all levels of the workforce, as well as citizen leadership from people who access support and their carers. The vision for leadership at all levels in social services means that everyone has a leadership role to play. Your leadership skills can make a real difference to the service you deliver, and the outcomes for people who experience the care and support you provide.

Open Badge Information

Open Badge: SSSC 23 Things Leadership – Thing 1: Everyday leadership

Counts towards: SSSC 23 Things Leadership –  Leadership Fundamentals


1. Scotland’s social services need effective leadership at all levels.Watch this 6 minute YouTube clip from Drew Dudley who calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.


2. Consider how you recognise and reward everyday leadership in your workplace and reflect on the lollipop moments in your life.

3. Write at least 200 words that cover your thoughts about the above activities and how you think you demonstrate leadership skills in your daily work. Part of your record should include an example of where you’ve made a difference to people experiencing your service.

You can provide the statement on the open badge application form or provide a link to your own *blog/portfolio. You may find it helpful to look at Recording Your Learning and Reflecting on Leadership.

*If you want to use a blog or ePortfolio entry as evidence, you might find our guide to preparing and publishing your evidence useful.

Click here to access helpful resources for Thing 1

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