This morning I am running off to facilitate an interesting discussion among some very smart non-profit professionals. The topic of the discussion is: “The Art of Being an Executive Director: Leading vs. Managing“.
To be honest, I’m so excited about today’s discussion that I’ve been looking forward to it for a month.
In preparation for today’s facilitated discussion, I developed the following questions to help get the creative juices flowing and stimulate discussion:
- What is the difference between leading and managing?
- How do you know when you’re leading or just managing?
- Does this mean leaders can abdicate their role in implementation?
- Are there tools you use that hold you accountable to leading?
Usually, when I’m asked to facilitate discussions like this one, I also try to bring various resources to the table that participants might find useful and seek out after the discussion. The following are just a few of the resources I plan on sharing:
- Leading a Nonprofit Organization: Tips & Tools for Executive Directors and Team Leaders (an online pdf resource developed by Compassion Capital Fund National Resource Center)
- How to Think Like a CEO: The 22 Vital Traits You Need to Be the Person at the Top (a book authored by D. A. Benton)
- The Leadership Engine (a book authored by Noel Tichy with Eli Cohen)
- Good to Great (a book by Jim Collins)
- Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team (a book and field guide by Patrick Lencioni)
Rather than going on and on this morning about my thoughts on leading versus managing your non-profit organization, I thought I’d ask you to think about some of the questions I posed and you can weigh-in with your thoughts using the comment box below.
As I’ve been saying for more than a year now . . . “We can all learn from each other.”
Come on . . . please? The comment volume for this blog has decreased in the last few months. I know that the summer is here, but let’s try to reverse this trend just for today. Please take a few minutes out of your morning and leave a comment. It might make all the difference in the world for someone else. I would consider it a personal favor. 🙂
Here’s to your health!
Founder & President, The Healthy Non-Profit LLC