The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide: Proven Paths for Leaders and Organizations

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The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide

In this dynamic resource, Tom Adams (an expert in succession planning who has worked with hundreds of organizations) shows how intentional leadership development and properly managed leadership transitions provide nonprofits with the rare opportunity to change direction, maintain momentum, and strengthen their capacity. This accessible guidebook is filled with illustrative stories, instructive lessons, best practices, and...

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Overview

The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide

In this dynamic resource, Tom Adams (an expert in succession planning who has worked with hundreds of organizations) shows how intentional leadership development and properly managed leadership transitions provide nonprofits with the rare opportunity to change direction, maintain momentum, and strengthen their capacity. This accessible guidebook is filled with illustrative stories, instructive lessons, best practices, and practical tools that can be used to ensure a successful nonprofit leadership transition.

"It is terrific to have a book which so effectively addresses the unique challenges and opportunities of leadership in the nonprofit sector, replete with sound advice and concrete examples. Tom Adams brings a wealth of experience and savvy to the topic. Paid and volunteer leaders of nonprofits at all levels will benefit from reading it."—Irv Katz, president and CEO, National Human Services Assembly

"The guide is one of its kind in providing a realistic frame for the world of nonprofit leaders. It is long overdue in the sector as a real tool for leaders. Maybe even more important, it helps nonprofit boards of directors and philanthropic organizations to understand the connection between their investment in leadership and achieving organizational goals." —Diane Bell McKoy, CEO, Associated Black Charities

"Rich with instructive examples and advice, this book is grounded in the reality of nonprofits. It will be an extraordinarily useful guide to nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes." —Ruth McCambridge, editor in chief, Nonprofit Quarterly

"Make no mistake: attracting and retaining top talent should be priority number one for the nonprofit sector. Adams's book offers practical advice for how to embed this priority into the sector's DNA. All who care about nonprofit effectiveness would be well-served to give this book a close read."—Kathleen P. Enright, president and CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470481226
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/12/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Adams is a national thought leader, speaker, and trainer as well as president and cofounder of TransitionGuides, a consulting and educational services company based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Adams has published extensively, including articles in the Nonprofit Quarterly and the Stanford Journal for Social Innovation. For more information on TransitionGuides, visit www.transitionguides.com.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The leader's way : an introduction 1

Ch. 2 Managing the power of emotions 29

Ch. 3 Founders and founder transitions 53

Ch. 4 Seeking diversity through leader development 77

Ch. 5 Executive transition management 125

Ch. 6 Getting started on succession planning 171

Ch. 7 Departure-defined succession planning 189

Ch. 8 Leader development and talent management 217

Ch. 9 Many paths to a leaderful organization 261

App. A Executive transition management tools and worksheets 275

App. B Finding and choosing a consultant 292

App. C Succession planning tools and samples 297

App. D Leader development and talent management tools and samples 309

App. E Helpful inventories 314

Notes 323

Resources 337

Index 349

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