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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.

How Committees Can Help Prevent Volunteer Burnout

Source: Lexian Management Associates
Rick Szilagyi and Lauriane Lebrun of Lexian Management Associates share their framework for volunteer committees that work well without burning out.
Posted on: July 10, 2019
Topics: Board | Leadership | Sustainability | Volunteer Management

MindEdge Learning Professional Development

The Center has partnered with MindEdge Learning, a leading provider of online higher education and professional development, to offer their full suite Management and Nonprofit Management certificates and courses. These on-demand, self-paced courses provide an alternative to the Center's existing opportunities and members of the Center can request a discount code for 10% off the normal price. Learn more
Posted on: October 10, 2018
Topics: Online Tools | Cost savings | Featured


Discounts on membership and board self-assessments Center members can save 15% on organizational membership or $200 on BoardSource's board self-assessment service. BoardSource members get complimentary access to BoardSource's collection of white papers, webinars, and more. They also get member discounts on their print or digital copies of their books, such as Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance and The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards. Learn more
Posted on: January 29, 2018
Topics: Featured

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
Who serves on today’s nonprofit boards? What matters most when it comes to the board’s roles and responsibilities? What impact are they having on organizational performance? How do boards conduct their work? How well are they fulfilling their many important roles and responsibilities? How are boards composed and organized? Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices answers these questions as the latest in BoardSource’s series of studies tracking and analyzing trends in nonprofit board leadership since 1994.
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

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

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.
Read more
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

Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk

Source: Forbes
Fun article on leadership lessons from the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Executive | Leadership

The Sustainability Formula

Source: TCC Group
The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy released by the TCC Group in 2013 is based on the results of an analysis of the factors that predict sustainability for approximately 700 nonprofit organizations that were surveyed using its Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT). 
Posted on: February 27, 2013
Topics: Leadership | Sustainability


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