The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader

The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader

The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader

The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader

Synopsis

Praise for the Second Edition of The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader

"This book is a gift for nonprofit leaders in all stages of their careers. With clarity and profound simplicity, it dissects the otherwise overwhelming role of the nonprofit executive director into understandable components that can then be made workable (and even fulfilling!). It is a highly readable and practical road map for success."
- Molly Polidoroff , executive director, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits

" The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader not only clearly and concisely identifies the most critical issues of nonprofit leadership, but it also provides the resources and answers to those challenges. It will be required reading for both the most seasoned executive as well as the emerging leader."
- Bill Coy , director of leadership practice, La Piana Consulting

"I provide The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader to all new executive directors placed by my firm. They find it to be a great resource during their orientation to a new organization, new people, and new challenges, and it continues to be a support as issues come up in their work over the years. It's comprehensive and sensible, and the authors' great knowledge and respect for nonprofit executives shine through."
- Susan Egmont , consultant, Egmont Associates

Praise for the Previous Edition

"How would I describe this book? Practical. Helpful. Encouraging. Realistic. Thought-provoking. Accessible. Focused. Honest. Refreshing. It should be on every nonprofit leader's desk."
- Barry Z. Posner, former dean and professor of leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and coauthor, The Leadership Challenge

"In this new age of nonprofit management, executive directors are getting over their fantasies and past their fears, crafting change-the-world ideas and executing them every day. Mim and Margaret now provide real-life, real-time help in coaching and guiding executive directors from survival to success. I can't think of a more important contribution in today's drive to strengthen the sector."
- Roni Posner , former executive director, The Alliance for Nonprofit Management

Excerpt

Our society is blessed with hundreds of thousands of nonprofit, public benefit, and nongovernmental organizations, led by an incredible cadre of paid or unpaid leaders known by such varied titles as Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer, or President, depending on the size and culture of the organization.

No matter what title they assume, these individuals are passionate, committed, resourceful, and creative people. They believe that the work their organization performs makes a significant difference in the lives of those they serve. And they are right. The contributions these organizations make to society provide solid evidence that clearly supports this belief.

The reality that we and many of our nonprofit colleagues see among this inspirational group of men and women is that, despite their enviable role and their tremendous contribution to society, nonprofit leaders tend to struggle with the complexity of the job. The paradox is that Executive Directors can make life better for others while their own lives become increasingly difficult. Why does this happen?

UNCOVERING THE PARADOX

What we have seen in our work as Executive Directors, and what many others have shared in their stories, is that nonprofit leaders are exposed to and must juggle countless external and internal pressures. They wrestle with the competing internal priorities of staff and volunteer development, financial management, program effectiveness, resource development, and Board relations. At the same time, they look . . .

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