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What to do When Doing This Important Job (or how to survive nonprofit leadership)

Most Nonprofit leaders are picked to be unicorns but what they find out immediately, is that they may be under-resourced and over-promised when taking the position. 

Leadership with such a committed pursuit, such as in a nonprofit organization, is not always easy.

How do you get off on the right foot and manage to stay in the game and not be placed on the bench?  Try these suggestions adapted from “The Anguish of Leadership” by Jerry Patterson.  Patterson’s book was aimed specifically for school superintendents but can easily be modified for nonprofit leaders. 

Key activities that will increase your effectiveness as a nonprofit leader.

1. Build a positive relationship with your board 

2.  Create a clear understanding of the board and the leaders’ roles

3. Build and maintain trust and confidentiality

4. Develop a positive relationship with your community

5. Work with and not against those in your care (staff, volunteers, clients, etc.)

6. Present the organization in the best possible light

Leadership with such a committed pursuit, such as in a nonprofit organization, is not always easy.  It can take a toll on you if you don’t have the right processes in place or don’t learn from our experiences.  Leadership is also a very human experience.  It can be incredibly rewarding and painful just as many experiences in this journey we call life.  

Learn. Grow. Survive.

Passion and purpose is generally the fuel that makes the leader’s engine go.  For leaders, if they can improve their effectiveness in their leadership skills and understand the challenges that lie ahead, they are most likely to have a successful and rewarding career.  Focus on doing the job in the most effective manner possible and bring others along with you.  You will see that the bonds forged through your will strengthen the organization and its movement towards fulfilling its mission.

Making a positive impact in the lives of others can be the ultimate gain for any worthwhile pursuit.  Why not do it the right way and reduce your struggles.