Shared Wisdom for Successfully Leading Organizations

Category: Getting the team

Managing your team for results

As the CEO of a non-profit organization, you have a responsibility to provide the leadership that will inspire employees to give the organization the best of their talent. You will set the standard for management and make sure that the people responsible for a job have the resources, the information, and the support to do it.

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Being inspirational both in good times and bad

The role of the CEO in a non-profit organization should also be inspirational in good times and bad. You should talk with the employees periodically about the values of the organization.

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Keeping your board informed and engaged

The board’s ability to make sound decisions for the organization depends on your commitment to provide them detailed, clear information at the right time. It is worth spending some time to think about your plan for keeping the board informed and what communication tools you plan to use.

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How a first-time non-profit CEO can develop the proper staff structure

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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.

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The role of the non-profit CEO in developing a strong governance model

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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.

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