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So You Want to Be an Executive Director? What It Really Takes to Lead a Nonprofit Organization

Mar 28, 2012

This event is the first in the Foundation Center's 4-part Nonprofit Sustainability series

Leadership capacity within an organization involves the capacity of its leader to inspire, prioritize, make decisions, provide direction, and innovate – all in order to achieve the organization’s mission, survive and thrive under challenges, and sustain the work of the organization over the long-term.Rae Linefsky from C3 Consulting moderated the discussion amongst our panelists who were: David Garza, the Executive Director of Henry Street Settlement (established in 1893); Linda Lausell Bryant, the Executive Director of Inwood House (established in 1830), and Julie Shapiro, the Executive Director at The Door (established in 1971).

The discussion of leadership capacity focused on these questions:

  • What are characteristics of effective nonprofit leaders?
  • What does it take to build leadership capacity and increase leadership depth within an organization?
  • What are the real demands on nonprofit executive directors, and what does true organizational leadership entail?
  • How can an organization foster collective leadership?

Watch Part 2 of this series: "Adaptability: The Key to Long-Term Sustainability" >>

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