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Leadership

LeadershipPeter Drucker - influential writer and management consultant – said that "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."  Great leaders possess social intelligence, a passion for change, and a vision that allows them to set their sights on the "things" that truly merit attention. There are leaders at every level of your organization from board to executive to front line staff. These articles and resources are tools to use in building and re-energizing your leaders.

Nonprofit Quarterly’s Executive Transition Webinar Series

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly's 4-part webinar series on executive transitions is a great resource for all nonprofits that want to ensure they remain stable and sustainable during a leadership transition.
Posted on: June 29, 2015
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Executive | Executive Transition | Human Resources | Leadership | Planning | Sustainability

Leadership New England Report

Source: Third Sector New England
Third Sector New England surveyed more than 1,200 nonprofit leaders for their new Leadership New England: Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector report. The report includes useful statistics on issues like leadership transitions, job satisfaction, diversity, and more.
Posted on: June 22, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Executive Transition | Leadership

Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices

Source: BoardSource
BoardSource's Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices report uses data from their one-of-a-kind, national survey of both CEO's and board chairs that can help you compare your organization against the national average and identify trends in the sector.
Posted on: January 27, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Board | Data & Research | Leadership

How to Approach a Proposed Merger of Nonprofits

Source: NH Business Review
Don Crandlemire, shareholder at the law firm Shaheen & Gordon, writes for NH Business Review on the difficulty of nonprofit mergers and some specifics to the merger process in NH.
Posted on: November 14, 2014
Topics: Collaboration | Leadership | Legal

From an Overhead Myth to an Overhead Solution

Source: Overhead Myth
Jacob Harold, President & CEO of GuideStar, recently posted a call to nonprofits on the Overhead Myth campaign's blog. He shares a letter that outlines three steps nonprofits can take to help "solve" the overhead problem as well as a great list of resources to educate both yourself and your funders.
Posted on: November 6, 2014
Topics: Fundraising | Leadership | Philanthropy | Sustainability

Top Strategic Mistakes Nonprofits Make

Source: GuideStar
This two-part article from GuideStar highlights 13 mistakes nonprofits commonly make. Avoiding or correcting these can help nonprofits more effectively achieve their mission and raise more funds.
Posted on: November 6, 2014
Topics: Leadership | Mission | Planning | Strategy

When in Crisis, What Should Boards Do?

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
In recent weeks and months, there have been a series of crises in organizations ranging from data breaches at Target, Michaels, and Chase to the sexual abuse scandals at Penn State and domestic violence in the NFL. In many of these cases, although the boards of directors were not blamed directly, they often came under fire for not having paid close enough attention to see the crises coming or for reacting too slowly. It is no surprise, then, articles have begun to appear addressing how a board should act before, during and after a crisis.
Posted on: October 9, 2014
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Leadership

Why Ethics Training Doesn’t Work

Source: NH Business Review
Annabel Beerel, president and CEO of the New England Women’s Leadership Institute, on why current methods of ethics training don't work.
Posted on: February 3, 2014
Topics: Accountability (Ethics) | Leadership

Five Tips for Building High-Performing Nonprofit Leadership Teams

Source: Bridgespan
Many of us have been members of a leadership team, and if we were lucky, we’ve been on a great one or two. Sadly, most of us recount unsatisfying experiences too. The reasons cluster around a few themes: ineffective leadership, uneven talent, dysfunctional interactions, and lack of alignment or focus. Leading a productive team requires some higher order skills.
Posted on: December 13, 2013
Topics: Leadership

The Delegation Dilemma: How Nonprofit Leaders Can Learn to Let Go

Source: Bridgespan
To understand why nonprofit leaders often have a hard time delegating, says Jerry Hauser, CEO of The Management Center, you need to understand the personality traits that got them where they are. Nonprofit leaders, he says, are often incredibly strong individual performers who rose to their positions by being highly talented, deeply committed to their work, and dedicated to very high standards. "They have a really high bar," he notes, "and that adds up to leaders who are often control freaks."
Posted on: November 21, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Executive | Leadership

NPO Leaders: Your Absence From Social Media Costs Your Organization

Source: Bloomerang
In a guest post for the Bloomerang blog, Natasha Golinsky of Next Level Nonprofits describes a fruitless search for a nonprofit executive's LinkedIn account, highlights why it's important for nonprofit leaders to have a personal online presence, and shares six tips for anyone not yet using social media.
Posted on: October 18, 2013
Topics: Executive | Leadership | Social Media

Bridgespan’s Leadership Development Toolkit

Source: The Bridgespan Group
This toolkit from Bridgespan, and the leadership development guide, videos, and tools within it, are designed to share stories, lessons, and immediately actionable next steps so that you can effectively work with your senior leadership team to develop the next generation of leaders for your organization.
Posted on: October 16, 2013
Topics: Leadership

Here We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Board Behavior

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
An examination of the cyclical nature of board behavior, it's various stages, and what they mean for the organization.
Posted on: October 7, 2013
Topics: Board | Leadership

Open Debate Drives Nonprofit Innovation

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy
In science, technology, business, academe, and elsewhere, people are encouraged—and are given forums—to express opinions and disagree with each other publicly. But nonprofits and foundations continue to embrace a culture of silence and politeness that gets in the way of their growth and vitality. This article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy explores how to regularly call into question whether a nonprofit’s or foundation’s activities are effective, ethical, and strategic.
Posted on: July 1, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Communications for Advocacy | Executive | Leadership | Philanthropy

Building Leadership Capacity: Reframing the Succession Challenge

Source: Bridgestar
This article from Bridgestar proposes that good leadership development and succession planning should resemble a set of six linked processes that build on an organization's underlying human resource function. Read the article from Bridgestar.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Executive | Leadership | Executive Transition | Human Resources

Leading into Discomfort: Social Sector Leadership in the 21st Century

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
In a time where hot button issues are more the norm than the exception, this article looks at how leaders are thinking about the political moment, and how are they and their organizations responding in terms of taking leadership? Read the article from Nonprofit Quarterly.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Leadership

Daring to Lead: The Board Paradox

This third Daring to Lead brief examines the paradoxical nature of board and executive director relationships. Key findings include:
  • While executive directors tended to give boards relatively high marks when asked about overall performance, their responses to specific questions often contradicted that assessment and suggest that boards are neglecting critical governance responsibilities.
  • Despite these board performance challenges, most executive directors are not spending a significant percentage of their time working with and supporting their boards.
  • Executive directors who spend more time working with their boards demonstrate higher satisfcation with board performance.
Download a copy of the Daring to Lead brief.
Posted on: May 1, 2013
Topics: Board | Leadership

Making Organizational Learning Stick

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
All nonprofits can benefit from internal knowledge capture, surfacing and sharing good ideas and practices. Some organizations engage in external sharing across their fields or to advance learning as a whole. Whether your goals are internal, external, or both, here’s how you can put the right combination of technology- and people-powered processes in place to meet them.
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Posted on: March 14, 2013
Topics: Leadership

Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire—available as an online tool—allows nonprofit boards to assess their effectiveness in 12 aspects of governance, ranging from board-staff roles to external relations practices. This tool has been used by hundreds of boards and thousands of board members throughout the US and abroad since 2009. Learn More
Posted on: March 1, 2013
Topics: Online Tools

The Devil and the Details

Two tips from the for profit sector that even a "nonprofit lifer" can appreciate. Read Here...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Leadership

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