Leadership Effectiveness

Effectively leading a nonprofit organization takes more than strong leadership skills. It takes an ability to build and align teams that will fulfill an organization’s strategic priorities. The ideas, tools, and resources found here can help nonprofit leaders develop their skills, and build and develop their leadership teams.

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Nonprofit Leadership Development: What's Your "Plan A" 
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New CEO. Dysfunctional Organization. Now What?

As a new CEO, confronting deeply rooted and unproductive habits and systems in an organization isn't for the faint of heart. It takes time, careful planning, and patience to work through the weeds of a dysfunctional organization. This story recounts one CEO's journey to transform his organization's culture and the lessons he learned along the way.

Succeeding with Succession

If succession planning is so important, why do CEOs and boards put it off? Several common misunderstandings create barriers to successful planning. Here AchieveMission's James Shepard discusses what they are and how to overcome them.

The Nonprofit Leadership Development Deficit

Succession planning is the No. 1 organizational concern of America’s nonprofits, and they are making it harder by failing to develop their most promising pool of talent: homegrown leaders. Several practical steps by management, their boards, and funders could reverse the trend.

How Hands On Atlanta Uses a Dashboard to Track Progress and Reach Its Goals

A dashboard can help nonprofit leadership teams focus on the metrics that matter most to meeting their organizational goals. In this article, Bridgespan Manager Beth Jackson Stram talks with Gina Simpson, president and CEO of Hands On Atlanta, about how Gina’s organization created its dashboard and the benefits it provides.

Nonprofit CEO Transitions Resource Center

Leadership transitions can be tricky and require that many people in the organization work together effectively. The board, executive team, and the departing CEO need to manage the exit process. At the same time, the search committee needs to find an internal candidate who’s ready to step up or begin to look for a qualified external candidate. Through it all, the organization should experience as little upheaval as possible, so it can continue to deliver on its mission. The articles in Bridgespan’s CEO Transition Resource Center can help your organization successfully survive—and even thrive during—a leadership transition.

The C-Suite Secret to Success: Creative Leadership

In today’s world, creativity and leadership have quickly become a popular class couple in both for-profit and nonprofit schools of thought. And nonprofits, especially, desperately need creative thinkers, doers, and leaders to meet the increasing demands for their programs and services.. 

Nonprofit Leadership Development Toolkit

Bridgespan’s Nonprofit Leadership Development Toolkit, and the leadership development guide, videos, and tools within it, are designed to share stories, lessons, and immediately actionable next steps so that you can effectively work with your senior leadership team to develop the next generation of leaders for your organization.

Nonprofit Leadership Development: What's Your "Plan A" for Growing Future Leaders?

Many nonprofit leaders and boards confront the question of leadership development only when faced with a succession crisis. Rather than an ad hoc response to crisis, this guide treats leadership development as a proactive and systematic investment in building a pipeline of leaders within an organization, sharing strategies nonprofits can use in their day-to-day operations.