Leadership styles can vary greatly depending on personal values, characteristics and preferences. At some point, non-profit leaders should evaluate their personal leadership style and reflect on how their style impacts their organization.
Our resources on leadership are designed to help senior and executive staff build stronger non-profits in myriad ways – from hiring and motivating staff to creating a culture of inquiry. While many articles provide practical advice for improving skills in areas like financial management and technology use, others explore the very essence of what it means to provide leadership in the non-profit sector.
CompassPoint. Daring to Lead 2006.
A study of executive leadership in the nonprofit sector, focusing on factors that influence both success and burn-out on the job
The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute
The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute strengthens and inspires the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government by connecting the public, private and social sectors with curated resources and relationships to serve, evolve and lead together
Serving Jackson, Michigan nonprofits, the Nonprofit Network provides resources, consulting, and training to improvement nonprofit governance and management
Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace. Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women.
A participatory approach to leadership that focuses on communication and the empowerment of women; chapters provide a usable framework of workshop sessions that can be adapted according to the reader’s needs
Resources on Emerging Leaders
A resource list of articles, reports and organizations that provide leadership development and training opportunities for emerging leaders
The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Up Next: Generation Change and the Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations.
Discusses the implications of the Baby Boomers’ transition out of the nonprofit sector and provides recommendations on how to acclimate the new generation of leaders into the field
The Forbes Funds. Lessons Learned: Stories from First Time Executive Directors. (2013)
Interactive Institute for Social Change (IISC)
Provides workshops on facilitative leadership, coaching, community building for grassroots leaders, civic leadership and training for new managers
- Bornstein, David. 2004. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.
- Carlson, Mim and Margaret Donohue. 2010. The Executive Director’s Survival Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader, 2nd Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Coughlin, Lin, Ellen Wingard, and Keith Hollihan, eds. 2013. Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
A compendium of excellent articles on leadership; a good book for all people, although there is a focus on women’s leadership
- Heifetz, Ronald. 1998. Leadership without Easy Answers. Belknap Press.
- Krile, James. 2006. Community Leadership Handbook: Framing Ideas, Building Relationships, and Mobilizing Resources. Saint Paul, MN: Fieldstone Alliance.
- Light, Paul. 2004. Sustaining Nonprofit Performance: The Case for Capacity-Building and the Evidence to Support It. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
- Linnell, Deborah, Zora Radosevich, and Jonathan Spack. 2002. Executive Directors Guide: The Guide for Successful Nonprofit Management. Boston: Third Sector New England.