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Finding a New Leader
Leadership transition is an inevitable and often difficult part of a nonprofit’s life cycle. However, a valuable leader’s departure doesn’t have to spell disaster for your organization. Your nonprofit colleagues have shared these resources on successful leadership transitions on IdeaEncore.
One of the most important steps you can take to ease the transition process is to start planning now. CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and Blue Avocado have shared many great articles and resources on the importance of a succession plan and how to develop a one. Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits and Succession Planning for Nonprofits of All Sizes both offer invaluable advice. Download Morrison Nonprofit Transition’s The Role of the Board of Directors in Executive Transition, for articles and strategies for board members during a leadership tranistion.
Even if your executive director is going to be at your organization for years to come, it’s never too early to start thinking about leadership continuity. The Bridgespan Group, one of the nonprofit sector’s premier resources for all things leadership, has shared their article Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders, to help prevent succession planning from turning into a succession crisis.
Sometimes a leader’s departure is completely unexpected and developing a succession plan can be an invaluable step in ensuring the longevity of a nonprofit. Check out CompassPoint’s Sample Emergency Succession Plan for a great template.
Share your advice or tools on IdeaEncore related to your organization’s experience with an executive transition or succession planning to help your nonprofit colleagues all over the world.
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