Courage in Leading Paving the Way for the Transitions Ahead

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Are you a long-time leader considering departure?
Uncertain how to prepare your organization for what’s next?
You are not alone.

In our recent study on nonprofit leadership in New England, we found that 64% of leaders plan to leave their position in the next five years and 60% have no succession plan. Third Sector New England’s Courage in Leading supports long-time leaders to prepare their organizations and themselves for their departure and ensure ongoing sustainability. Participants will engage in thoughtful and strategic discussions and exercises about leadership transitions, both personal and organizational. The program features two intensive retreats, individual coaching and an ongoing learning network of long time leaders.

“The transition away from my organization will be so much better for me and for my organization because of what I have learned in the Courage in Leading program. I can’t imagine facing this significant of a transition without the expert guidance I have received ... and the new friends I have made.”

For a long time leader, leadership transitions can bring specific challenges as executives explore their legacy, board increase their leadership role, and organizations prepare for change. Courage in Leading will help leaders to depart with strength and grace, and support organizations to prepare for and embrace change.

Participants must be executive directors with long-term experience planning to leave the organization in the next one to five years. All information is confidential. Once you complete the confidential interest form, TSNE will follow-up with a phone call to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have.

Learn more.
Confidential Interest Form.

Program Details

  • Four-day retreats in two sessions for each cohort. October 5-6, 2016 and December 7-8, 2016 in Ashland, Mass. at the Warren Conference Center.
  • Learning network with program alumni.
  • Executive coaching sessions.
  • Cost: $2,000 to $6,000 (sliding scale based on organization budget size).

Participant Benefits 

  • Assessment of your organization’s "transition readiness".
  • Best practices and tools to prepare for the transition.
  • Progress on addressing organizational vulnerabilities related to a transition.
  • Increased clarity on your personal steps to departure and plans for future.
  • Support and motivation to plan and implement the steps necessary to leave.
  • Focused leadership related to your upcoming transition.
  • Groundwork laid for a succession plan.
  • Celebration of your legacy!

What long-time leaders are saying about the program:

“The transition away from my organization will be so much better for me and for my organization because of what I have learned in the Courage in Leading program. I can't imagine facing this significant of a transition without the expert guidance I have received ... and the new friends I have made.”

“The program is going to help me as I move through this transition process; it is providing me with tools, resources, support and the knowledge that I am not the only one going through this, and that I do not have to do this alone. I have now built my network and my confidence to take the necessary steps to keep going. This feels like it should be a requirement for any long-time leader making this type of transition.”

“This could have not come at a better time in my life! Thank you!”

“Thank you for providing this space for us to explore the next chapter.”

Read about the program participants in The Boston Globe article "Nonprofits Hungry for New Leadership."