8 ways to be a better nonprofit leader

Leadership that’s not working is the most common problem in fundraising. That’s because leading is hard.

Here’s some help for nonprofit leaders who want to get it right, from Joan Garry’s blog, at The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Nonprofit Leaders:

  1. Ask For Help
  2. Talk Less, Listen More
  3. Exude Passion
  4. Ask Really Good Questions
  5. Touch the Work
  6. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
  7. Apologize More Often
  8. Be Joyful

I’ve encountered dozens of nonprofit leaders who are getting things terribly wrong, some even driving their organizations at high speed toward the cliff of failure. I haven’t yet met even one who wanted to fail. That tells me talking about it can actually accomplish something good.

And if you are struggling with poor leadership, you aren’t alone!


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The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It’s already here. More.

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