In the room were 13 nonprofit Executive Directors, Board Members, and Board Presidents ready to give their biggest takeaways from their most recent roles and engagements. We let each nonprofit leader offer their observations and have compiled those to share with you. Afterwards, we’ll offer actionable next steps that your organization can take to bridge generational gaps.
Or the decision may be entirely personal in nature – illness, changing family needs, or retirement. Some reasons for leaving will allow for more notice than others. Some will be on better terms than others. Some leaders will have more to give than others by the time they choose to leave. Obviously, it’s impossible to account for the specific details around each situation, but there are some clear steps that you will need to take regardless of why you are leaving.
This should be a collaborative discussion that starts from a place of mutual respect and concern. It should also not come as a surprise. Board members should be sharing concerns in an annual review process with the leader, informed by the organizations and the leaders performance. Board leadership should create an open dialogue over a series of conversations, asking the Executive Director questions like “How are you feeling about the organization, where it is heading, and how you are doing as Executive Director?”
I remained angry that the problem persisted, but I kept my resolve to be someone who disrupted the status quo and offered a new paradigm that fixed whatever was wrong.
“On behalf of the board and staff, we are excited to bring Michele’s vision, passion, and excellence to MoPOP. Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. Michele’s background and experience are exactly what we were looking for as we grow in Seattle and the global arts community.
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