Have you ever looked around at other nonprofit organizations and wondered what makes them so succesful? 

Maybe they have a great Board or maybe they seem to have the most popular event in town.  Whatever it is that looks good to you, there are reasons why some organizations are more successful than others.  In almost every case, it boils down to leadership.

The leaders of an organization, particularly the Executive Director and the Board, set the tone for the nonprofit.  An Executive Director who has vision, passion, and enthusiasm can rally the troops around common goals.  It’s easy for others to get excited about the work to be done when an energetic leader is showing the way.

Similarly, an Executive Director who is pessimistic, unwilling to try new things, and undervalues people will soon find himself with a host of problems include staff turnover, complacent or dysfunctional Board, and a lack of support in the community.

Leadership problems can also look like this:

  • You have good ideas, but you can’t seem to get your Board to help with anything.
  • Your staff doesn’t get along and you can’t seem to get them to work as a team.
  • You’re fundraising efforts always seem to fall short of your goals and you can’t figure out why.

I believe that effective leadership is key to the growth and sustainability of any nonprofit organization.  Over the next week or so, I’m going to share some lessons in leadership for you.  If your organization isn’t the one that everyone looks up to in the community, maybe there are some leadership qualities you need to work on.

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