Management and Leadership

Managing and Leading require different skills, and both can be developed. A resource library on these topics could grow quite large, but at the Center we are choosing to focus on a few critical best practices specific to nonprofit organizations.  We have had some fantastic professionals present workshops on a variety of leadership and management topics, and we appreciate their willingness to let us post their work here.  

Board-CEO Relationship

Julia Classen of Aurora Consulting has presented workshops on the important of the relationship between the board/board president and the executive director. Here are three handouts from her workshops that we think can help any group looking to assess how they are doing, and take steps to strengthen the working relationship: Executive Director Guidelines for Managing Up, Managing Down, Ten Common Commitments and Building an Effective Team Relationship.  For more information, please link directly to Aurora Consulting.

Providing the Executive Director/CEO with a regular performance evaluation is an important responsibility of the board of directors.  Here are some process guidelines from a sample performance evaluation form.

Change Management

CompassPoint's Tim Wolfred gave C4NPR workshop participants a wonderful presentation on Leading Organizational Change: Seven Steps to Success in September 2011.  

Leadership and Development Training

The Center for Nonprofit Resources sponsors dozens of workshops every year designed to help nonprofits volunteers and professionals grow. Click here for a list of upcoming events.

Keeping Your Organization Out of Trouble

The importance of Directors and Officer's (D&O) Insurance cannot be understated. The Nonprofit Quarterly shares data regarding legal action taken against board members and how insurance can keep your nonprofit from bankruptcy. Read Directors and Officers Liability Insurance: Why It’s Worth the Cost

Leadership Transitions and Succession Planning

What will the board do if the CEO suddenly steps down? How shall we prepare for a new chair?  These questions and more are addressed in a series of CompassPoints Research reports, templates and information on Executive Transitions.

 A couple of articles on succession planning:

Ted Ford Webb, Successful Successions: Executive Transitions that Worked, NPQ, 2014.

Ted Ford Webb, Meet the Enemy: Considerations for Executive Transition, NPQ, 2014.


Links to More Resources

Alliance for Nonprofit Management
- The professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits - to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.

BoardSource - An excellent one-stop shop for books and articles on everything related to board governance and nonprofit management.  Most resources are for members-only, but some excellent material has been posted under "community resources."

4Good - is a social networking site for thought leaders in the nonprofit sector. In addition to their online library of original work by consultants and others across the country, but they also offer free weekly webinars on a variety of topics. 

Compasspoint - The nonprofit consultants at Compasspoint - several of whom have presented workshops for C4NPR - keep their website loaded with current research reports and best practices templates.

Drucker Foundation (Leader to Leader Institute) - Provides essential leadership wisdom, inspiration and resources to lead for innovation and to build vibrant social sector organizations. for Nonprofits - Information on federal assistance available to nonprofits, links to legal information, laws on fundraising and out reach, and links to federal websites that provide grants to nonprofits.

Free Management Library - Provides easy-to-use, clutter free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations.

Iknow - A clearinghouse for links to web sites on nonprofit information. You can search these links by topic or by keyword.

Internet Nonprofit Center - This site is packed with news and innovative programs. Search IRS files with the Nonprofit Locator, and find answers with the Nonprofit FAQ.

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