Of course, as a child, every want to me felt like a need …until I moved out on my own. Becoming an adult required me to manage my own budget. Over time, I’ve learned to live out this depression-era lesson.
So, what does this have to do with executive recruiting? Everything! What you want in your new leader and what you need may be two different things.
Most organizations can easily figure out if their board is getting a passing or a failing grade, but anyone who has experience in nonprofit leadership can tell you that there’s a big difference between a board getting a D and a board getting an A or B.
We have seen it time and again – high turnover in one role because the other doesn’t want to share power and work together as equals. At one end of the spectrum, you have nonprofits that rely solely on their superstar ED to drive the organization, while at the other end you have nonprofits that give their long-time Board the keys and tell the ED to take a back seat. However, true success can only come when a nonprofit has both a strong ED and Board and the two are working together effectively to get the organization down the road.
Well…yes and no. Yes, you should feel good about the hire, and you should take a pause, but not for too long because the next phase of the transition is only beginning. “What!? Only beginning?” you say. Yes, hiring the new ED is just the first step of the transition journey. The next important move for the Board is to ensure your new leader settles confidently into the role for a long tenure.
So, release that breath and let’s chat about this next phase.
Hopefully, this resource will emphasize the importance of board members in nonprofit organizations and highlight the value of supporting them across the entire organization by fostering the right culture, offering educational opportunities and training, and providing coaching and feedback. My goal is to provide practical insights and strategies, empowering nonprofits to invest in their board members' growth and development, to create stronger organizations and a greater social impact.
Maximizing the potential of board members is essential for achieving effective governance. When board members are empowered to reach their full potential, they become valuable assets who can drive positive change. By harnessing their skills, knowledge, and passion, nonprofits can leverage the collective wisdom of the board to make informed decisions and provide strategic guidance.
The board member sticking their head in the sand and refusing to get on board with AI realities, opportunities, and threats to the organization over the long haul will likely find that either they will be replaced by someone who is keeping up with the times, or their organization will fall behind and fail to accomplish its mission as effectively as it could have otherwise. What do you need to know about AI for nonprofits?
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