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Leadership In Non Profits

Top : Leadership In Non Profits - Non profit and not for profit leaders have some unique situations and challenges to face. The focus on this section is the skills, tactics and strategies required to lead successfully in non profits and charities.


  • 6 characteristics of the new nonprofit leader By Nell Edginton
    Recent surveys and reports have shared that nonprofits are facing a tough road ahead, tackling increasing turnover and decreasing revenue. But what do these challenges mean for nonprofit leaders? In the article below Nell Edgington--President of Social Velocity, a management consulting firm that helps nonprofits grow their programs, bring more money in the door and use resources more effectively--outlines how fewer resources and more competition are requiring nonprofits to rethink leadership. (Added: 24-Apr-2015 Hits: 337 )
  • Article Strongly Led, Under-managed: How can visionary nonprofits make the critical transition to stronger management? By Jeffrey L. Bradach
    Without sound management practices, even the most successful nonprofit will be unable to sustain, let alone increase, its impact over time. And yet, when Bridgespan consulting teams surveyed senior staff members at 30 nonprofits, the respondents consistently rated their organizations much higher on leadership dimensions like developing an overall vision than on management dimensions like making trade offs and setting priorities in order to realize that vision. Many nonprofits appear to be strongly led, but under-managed. Why is this so? In our work with the leaders of more than 100 nonprofits, we've heard the same answer time and again: The environment in which they operate often reinforces visionary leadership at the expense of management disciplines. Passion, coupled with the ability to make a compelling case for a cause, drives fundraising and helps leaders attract and motivate staff and volunteers. But nonprofit leaders generally are not recognized or rewarded for their managerial qualities. (Added: 15-Jun-2012 Hits: 550 )
  • Authentic Nonprofit Leadership By Dr. Dean Pielstick
    Successful leadership may be a function of how leaders act, rather than who they are, what they know or where they have been. Yet we chose leaders based upon how we feel about them, how we perceive them and how we receive their message. Therefore, it is helpful to find some operational definitions for the term "charisma" that we seek in a leader and clarity about what we mean when we say "we need a leader". This article by Dr. Dean Pielstick, discusses seven ways of how leaders act or behave that generates confidence among their constituents and followers. By looking at how leaders act, we may discover new ideas about how to prepare future leaders and how to select them. This article is a helpful overview for beginning this discussion. (Added: 27-Aug-2012 Hits: 721 )
  • Basic Skills in Nonprofit Management and Leadership By Carter McNamara
    A "tutorial" complete with other articles to read and some exercises to use to help nonprofit leaders develop their skills. Basic, and also applicable to other sectors. (Added: 2-Jul-2014 Hits: 520 )
  • Current State of Skills Development: The Canadian Nonprofit Sector By HR Council
    A sector-wide leadership and skills development strategy is critical if the sector is to continue to grow and play a vital role not only as major sources of employment but also as agencies responsible for a growing role in the delivery of services. This Current State Report is designed to develop a strategic skills development plan for the nonprofit sector in Canada. (Added: 2-Jul-2014 Hits: 338 )
  • Five Tips for Building High-Performing Nonprofit Leadership Team By Nicki Roth
    Leading effective teams is challenging. After working with countless teams, I have come to one simple truth. The absence of shared professional respect amongst team members is a non-starter. Teams will never realize their full potential unless everyone around the table feels they are in the midst of smart and talented peers. You can try all sorts of fancy interventions, but this admiration is the fundamental ingredient for success. (Added: 24-Apr-2015 Hits: 347 )
  • Four Actions Nonprofit Leaders Can Take to Transform Organizational Culture By Kirk Kramer
    What can nonprofit leaders do when it becomes clear that a shift in culture is needed to realize organizational goals or increase impact? It starts with acknowledging that simply articulating new beliefs and values alone won't change behaviors of staff. In fact, the experiences of executive directors and other senior leaders who have successfully shifted their cultures reveal a counter-intuitive lesson: It takes concrete actions to shift an intangible force like organizational culture. And these concrete actions must be taken in parts of the overall organization system that ultimately shape and influence people's behavior. (Added: 15-Jun-2012 Hits: 547 )
  • How to Develop Yourself as a Nonprofit Leader By na
    Several experts weigh in on the importance of developing one's own leadership skills, within the Non-Profit sector, and some suggestions on how to do so are offered. (Added: 2-Jul-2014 Hits: 419 )
  • Leadership Priorities: What Facets of Management Shouldn't You Delegate? By Kirk Kramer
    As a nonprofit leader, you know in your bones that there aren't enough hours in the day to invest equally--and effectively--in all the issues vying for your attention. To make your job doable, you have to delegate some of your responsibilities as well as, whenever possible, the attendant decision-making authority. But which ones cannot be assigned to anyone but you? Bridgespan research points to two critical areas that uniquely require the top manager's attention: aligning staff and other stakeholders around a common set of priorities and developing the organization's leaders. (Added: 15-Jun-2012 Hits: 551 )
  • Leading Nonprofits During Turbulent Times By Bob Prosen
    In one of his interviews with Forbes, famed business thinker and writer, Peter Drucker said, "Make sure the people with whom you work with understand your priorities. Where organizations fall down is when they have to guess at what the boss is working at, and they invariably guess wrong. So the CEO needs to say, "This is what I am focusing on." Then the CEO needs to ask of his associates, "What are you focusing on?" Right now many business leaders are facing a great challenge: navigating through a down economy while keeping employees at the top of their game. Here's a plan to keep your business and employees in top performance mode. (Added: 27-Aug-2012 Hits: 540 )
  • Learning About Finance: Advice for Nonprofit Leaders - Money and Mission By Dione Alexander
    In the words of a seasoned nonprofit executive, organization leaders must recognize that "margin is mission": Nonprofits are created on dreams but run on money. For this post, I interviewed some successful nonprofit executives about how they mastered nonprofit finance and what advice they had for those considering nonprofit leadership roles. (Added: 17-Oct-2011 Hits: 601 )
  • Lessons From Leading Part III: The New Nonprofit Executive By Jennifer Marie Jones
    Learn about "the new normal" as nonprofit executives and consultants share the experiences that prepared them for the new nonprofit landscape, and the qualities that they consider vital to the success of the next wave of leaders. (Added: 27-Aug-2012 Hits: 493 )
  • Myth-busting: For Leadership Skills, Only Business Experience Will Do By Liz Maw
    You've heard these myths before: you've gotta go into the business world if you want real leadership skills. Corporate jobs, though, are totally evil. But nonprofit work doesn't pay anything. Over the coming weeks, Net Impact CEO Liz Maw unpacks five myths that are holding back our society's ability to solve its most difficult problems. Because these myths aren't just misguided, they stand in the way of good people doing good work - work that could change the world. (Added: 28-Mar-2013 Hits: 472 )
  • Nonprofit Leadership Gap - Reaching the Next Generation - Nonprofit Leadership Survey By Joanne Fritz
    The coming leadership crunch in nonprofits has been in the news for some time. The retirement of the baby boom generation plus the explosive growth of nonprofits in recent years promise a disaster for nonprofits as they look for new leadership. A recent study, Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out, by the Casey Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, and Idealist.org. probed this problem. The study asked more than 600 nonprofit workers of various ages what problems they find in nonprofit work as well as why they got into it, stuck with it, or contemplated leaving it. (Added: 17-Oct-2011 Hits: 541 )
  • Oops, I Failed Again - Stanford Social Innovation Review By Aaron Hurst
    Face-to-face conversations with other leaders--commercial and nonprofit--remind us that failure is, in fact, the norm and does not preclude success. "If [CEOs' successes] were graded on a curve, the mean on the test would be 22 out of a 100," Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz recently wrote on TechCrunch. "This kind of mean can be psychologically challenging...because nobody tells you that the mean is 22." (Added: 17-Oct-2011 Hits: 580 )
  • PROFILING THE NON-PROFIT LEADER OF TOMORROW By Jean Crawford
    Summary of research that profiles the skills and characteristics of non-profit leaders going into the future. One of the most interesting; that non-profit leaders will need to be entrepreneurial in addition to having the traditional not for profit experience. (Added: 24-Apr-2015 Hits: 431 )
  • Tapping Into the Nonprofit Board's Talent By Jeri Eckhart Queenan
    There's no question that nonprofit organizations benefit from investing the time to develop sound business plans. Being able to articulate--explicitly-- the difference the organization intends to make and how it intends to hold itself accountable for progress helps leaders decide how best to allocate resources, establish sound performance--metrics, and communicate effectively with funders. But even organizations that are committed to engaging deeply in business planning--or what many nonprofit organizations call strategic planning--may be missing out on a great source of untapped value: their boards. (Added: 17-Oct-2011 Hits: 536 )
  • Tips for making a move to a non-profit By MARINA GLOGOVAC
    If you are thinking of moving from the commercial sector to a charity, and in particular, in a leadership role this is worth looking at. The three tips offered are amazingly simple, but you need to think about them carefully, because they are quite subtle. (Added: 24-Apr-2015 Hits: 394 )
  • Who's Really in Charge of Board Performance? By Rick Moyers
    Ask people in the nonprofit world who is to blame for poor board performance, and you won't get agreement. Some people say it's the board's fault. Others say it's the CEO's. Rarely do these conflicting ideas get argued in public. But at the annual meeting of BoardSource, I had the opportunity to debate the point in front of an audience. Two-person teams argued opposing points of view on that and other controversial topics. At the conclusion of our comments, the audience voted. (Added: 17-Oct-2011 Hits: 720 )

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