Before you can figure out your non-profit’s human resources needs, you will need to have a good sense of its business model, work culture, and business plan. A strong business plan will outline the objective(s) that you need to achieve and the key tactics you will employ. This will help you identify the key competencies, skills, and experiences needed in-house.
Good governance is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Once you have been hired as the CEO, you will want to make sure that the organization has a governance model that is appropriate to its size and scope. It is important to articulate this model to your board, staff and stakeholders to ensure buy-in and support. This model includes the structure and size of the board and its committees; roles of the officers, directors, and members; and reporting and decision-making procedures.
The following is an excerpt from Chapter One, “Making a Move.” When Franca Gucciardi accepted her first CEO position at the Loran Scholars Foundation she quickly realized the immensity of the task ahead of her and contacted her mentor, Alan Broadbent. What followed was a series of conversations, and a process of learning to ask (and then answer!) the right questions. You’re It! is mentorship in book form, the collected wisdom of two experienced CEOs — a practical and accessible guide to leading an organization. It’s everything you wanted to know about being a CEO but were afraid to ask.
Authors Alan Broadbent and Franca Gucciardi spoke with Tamarack Institute’s Liz Weaver about their new book and shared their insights on what it takes to be a successful leader of a non-profit organization.
As you read along, you will pick up important pieces of advice to help you in your leadership journey. Alan and Franca’s hope is that You’re It! “serves as a friendly reminder of the importance of your leadership role. A committed, effective leader of integrity can make a huge difference to improving the impact an organization has, and thus an impact on the health and well-being of our society.”