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ISBN-13 9780132820288ISBN-10 0132820285
ISBN-10 0137047657ISBN-13 9780137047659
Author(s): Barry Dym; Susan Egmont; Laura Watkins
Publisher: FT Press
Copyright year: © 2011 Pages: 368

Turnover and transition in nonprofit organizations are at an all time high: at any given time, 20-25% of executive directors are at or near transition, and retirement rates among senior nonprofit leaders will rise significantly in the coming years. For nonprofits, however, leadership transitions are a time of exceptionally high risk. Here, three internationally-respected experts show how to systematically identify, introduce, support, and monitor leaders in ways that enhance rather than undermine their performance. They explain why leadership transitions are so challenging for nonprofits, and show how to replace chaos and crisis with proven, sustainable leadership transition plans.

Writing for all nonprofit board members, leaders, aspiring leaders, and stakeholders, the authors demonstrate how to:

  • Maintain organizational momentum, continuity, and credibility through the transition

  • Find leaders who align well with your organizational values and its evolving culture

  • Avoid fighting, rumors, accusations, and the common mistakes that derail nonprofit leadership transitions

  • Build a sturdy bridge between departing and incoming leaders

  • Set appropriate expectations for both boards and leaders, and guide them to complement each other successfully

  • Plan succession and continuity for the long-term

  • Use transitions to advance the organization’s mission