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Thoughts on What it Takes to Lead as a Nonprofit CEO

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Jun 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Being a nonprofit CEO/executive director is no easy task. The CEO is responsible for moving the organization through obstacles towards an ever-changing preferred future for the organization and its members. For those currently in this role or those who aspire to get there, here are few thoughts on successful leadership for you to ponder.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives, Leadership Strategies, Nonprofit

Build a Strong Team with Profiles & Assessments

Posted by Kim Stoneking, CAE on Apr 27, 2016 12:00:00 PM

It has been said that, “He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.” In your capacity as a leader, you are undoubtedly working with a “team”—that might be your staff, the board of directors, committee members or a combination of all of the above. A team best functions when each member knows others on the team and there is an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, behavioral style and motivation that make up each individual. Nice idea isn’t it? But how do you build a strong team and make it happen?

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Topics: Leadership, Leadership Strategies, Hiring Strategies

Working with a Coach…What’s In It for Me?

Posted by Kim Stoneking, CAE on Apr 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

As associations and other non-profits compete with and are compared to corporate America, the challenge has never been greater. In today’s environment of accelerating change and increasing uncertainty, only leaders who know who they are and where they are going will succeed. Today’s leaders must do more than manage change—they must thrive on it!

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Topics: Leadership, Leadership Strategies, Coaching

Are We Lost? 5 Leadership Strategies to Help Leaders Stay the Course

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Aug 26, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Have you ever followed a leader that you wondered if they were messing things up on purpose? I know I am not proud of it, but the question made me think more about it. Leaders don’t wake up and say, “Today, let’s figure out a way to confuse everybody, move the organization in the wrong direction and slowly drive the employees insane.” If they are not sitting around thinking about how they can steer the organization in the wrong direction, that means it occurs unintentionally. We must be vigilant to stay on the right path. Here are five helpful leadership strategies.

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Topics: Leadership, Leadership Strategies

What Makes a Great Leader? Self-Awareness is a Good Start.

Posted by Susan Sullivan on Aug 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

If you are in a leadership role—or you aspire to a leadership role—consider spending time on a regular basis thinking about how and what your words, actions and behaviors are communicating to your employees, colleagues and peers.

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Topics: Leadership, Leadership Strategies

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