How should a fundraiser respond to a bad boss?

It’s become clear to me that the biggest problem the fundraising profession faces is poor leadership — that is, bosses, CEOS, presidents, boards who just don’t understand fundraising and insist that we do it wrong.

If you are struggling with poor leadership, my sympathies are with you. I hope you can lead your leaders and make things better over time. I encourage you to treat your leaders with respect, sympathy, and kindness — gently guiding them to be the better leaders they no-doubt want to be.

But what it you can’t do it?

The truth is, change is hard for all human beings. And possibly most of all for people in leadership positions.

What if you simply can’t lead your leaders to improvement?

Here’s a hard but important truth from the Passionate Giving blog, at The Arrogant and Ignorant CEO:

… if you are in a place where a leader … ignores best practice, does not take counsel, shames his employees in public, etc. – if you are in this kind of place, you must get out. This is not the place for you.

You have a limited number of years to make your impact. If you are in a place where your leaders are incorrigibly blocking you, you need to move on.

Don’t leave lightly, spitefully, or in anger. But if in your calmest on most rational moment you still see that your leaders are not doing the job, and not able to change … you owe it to yourself and our wonderful profession to move along and find a better situation.

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2 responses to “How should a fundraiser respond to a bad boss?”

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  2. Let’s get this out of the way first, we aren’t writing you for money. Instead, we’d like to invite you to get involved in our family. This is not regarding money only, you can also give forward anything whether its products or Gifts.
    Do Forward as the name suggests, we wanted to encourage people and make them understand the meaning of “giving”. Because we all know that no one has ever become poor by giving.
    I strongly believe in “Life isn’t just about the duration you spend, but by the donation of impact you can pass out before you eventually pass-out – Seyi Ayoola
    We would be greatful if you participate in our NGO and suggest your loved ones.
    https://doforward.com.au/

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