Studies have estimated that more than 70 percent of current nonprofit executive directors plan to retire in the next five to ten years. Do you have the skills necessary to fill this leadership vacuum? Are you an aspiring executive director? Are you prepared for the transition to executive leader? Do you want to know what to expect moving up to the corner office?
Successfully transition to the corner office!
Moving Up to Executive Director: Lessons Learned from My First 365 Days is written for anyone who wants to become an executive director, understand what it takes to transition into an executive leadership position, or become better prepared to handle executive responsibilities.
Becoming an executive director is a huge transition. To succeed, you must rely on your experiences, strengths, and expertise. In addition, you must learn new skills, engage in new behaviors, work well with other people, know your leadership style and be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest. Nonprofit executive leadership requires a lot. It is an all-encompassing job.
Moving Up to Executive Director will help you:
- Understand the complex nature of nonprofit executive leadership
- Identify the skills and characteristics of successful executive directors
- Gain insight into the unique obligations nonprofit executive directors face
- Manage multiple priorities
- Prepare for the transition to your role as executive leader
- Anticipate challenges inherent in your first year as executive director
Being an executive director is a big job. You must be proficient in leadership, finance, operations, technology, human resources, resource development, staff development, volunteer management, marketing, and strategic planning. You must have good communication skills, build teams and foster their development, collaborate with others, be insightful, have a high degree of integrity, and share your leadership.
Joanne Oppelt, though an experienced nonprofit practitioner and university professor, finished writing Moving Up to Executive Director right after completing her first year as an executive director—providing an “in the trenches” perspective that is both fresh and relevant. This is an honest book: Joanne candidly admits that, though she was ready for most of the challenges she faced in her first year, she wasn’t ready for all. But she learned, and in learning, she’s lighting the path for her peers who are moving up into the executive director role.
It is a must-read for anyone aspiring to nonprofit executive leadership.