Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, or you’re in a leadership role of a different kind of organization, there’s a lot resting on your shoulders. People are looking to you to set an example and guide them towards achieving the organization’s goals, so if you feel overwhelmed, that’s OK. Take a deep breath and read these tips to learn how to be a better nonprofit leader.
Get the Right People on Your Team to Be a Better Nonprofit Leader
In order to be an effective nonprofit leader, you have to be able to trust your team, and that starts with making sure you have the right team. Not only does this mean they need to have the right qualifications for their job, but it also means they need to share the ideals of your nonprofit organization. Do they believe in the organization’s mission?
Keep in mind that skills can always be acquired, but passion is harder to teach. If someone doesn’t have the necessary skill level for a particular position, but they’re eager to help, bring them on board and either find someone who can teach them the skills they need to do the job or teach them yourself.
Get to Know Your Team to Be a Better Nonprofit Leader
Getting to know your team is the best way to build a rapport with them so you can trust them with just about anything - including doing their jobs to the best of their abilities.
Knowing your team on a personal level will also enable you to put them in positions you might not have otherwise put them in. For example, if you have a graphic designer on your team who also has a history working in IT, you’ll know you can call them the next time a volunteer has trouble logging onto a computer or your printer goes on the fritz.
Keep in mind that this goes both ways. You need to get to know your team, but you also need to let them get to know you because that’s the best way to get them to trust you enough to rely on you and to come to you whenever there’s an issue that needs your attention.
Take Care of Yourself to Be a Better Nonprofit Leader
Make a To-Do List and Keep It Updated to Be a Better Nonprofit Leader
Build and Maintain Relationships in Your Role as a Nonprofit Leader
Get Help as a Nonprofit Leader from a Strategy Rockstar
In addition to getting support from your local community, most executives also find it beneficial to get support from a business coach. As someone who has decades of experience helping nonprofits increase their efficiency and their fundraising, both from the inside and as a consultant, I am ideally suited to support you in your role as a nonprofit leader. Just schedule your FREE consultation to get started.
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