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Organizational Leadership

Leaders make the difference between nonprofits trying to achieve their mission, or actually adding value to society. Effective leaders inspire the people in the various stakeholder groups to contribute to creating a vibrant, shared vision, while engaging staff, clients, donors, Board, and community members with compassion. They are authentic and mindful, and often playful. The key to outstanding leadership is a unique and somewhat rare combination of humility and drive, emotional and social intelligence, commitment and resonant relationships.  This section of the newsletter will offer articles, stories of successful leaders, and actions to consider in being effective, becoming effective, or renewing yourself to maintain your effectiveness.

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Young Leaders and Their Challenges in the Nonprofit Sector

by Jimeka Holloway
Young Leaders and Their Challenges in the Nonprofit Sector

Kari Mirkin, Co-Founder/President of the Cleveland Chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and I recently had a conversation where I asked her about her viewpoint on leadership in nonprofit organizations and the sector, the challenges that leaders face as organizational leaders, as well as the current trends she believes are on the horizon for the sector.

Becoming a Social Entrepreneur: What Comes Next and How to Get There?

by Aparna Katre

How does a young entrepreneur get started in the field of social innovation? In her own words, Aneesha, a young woman from New Jersey, explains how she launched a social venture in India called Hope Line Fashions. Aneesha provides us with an account of how she, as a young social entrepreneur, set her sights on seemingly impossible goals.

Blending Generations in the Nonprofit Sector

by Donna L. Haeger
Blending Generations in the Nonprofit Sector

An unprecedented trend is emerging in the nonprofit sector. Young people are assuming leadership positions that require them to oversee workers much older than themselves. At the start of 2014, the workplace will host five generations; with the newest cohort comprising almost half of the workforce. The result will be fewer managers over the age of forty. An influx of young employees into management positions spurs concern at all levels about how new young managers can effectively lead workers who are the age of their parents.

Inspiring Sustainable Leadership Effectiveness

by Richard E. Boyatzis, PhD

An excerpt from Richard Boyatzis' master class entitled 'Resonant Leadership: Inspiring Others Through Emotional Intelligence'.