Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders
While resource constraints are one challenge most nonprofits face, the biggest obstacle to improved leadership development may be the behavior of leaders. Many nonprofit leaders (including nonprofit boards) confront the question of leadership development only when faced with a succession crisis. And by then it may be too late.
A change of thinking is needed to overcome this obstacle. Bridgespan has created Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders as a guide to help nonprofits think differently about leadership development.
Plan A treats leadership development not as an ad hoc response to crisis but as a proactive and systematic investment in building a pipeline of leaders within an organization, so that when transitions are necessary, leaders at all levels are ready to answer the call.
The processes laid out in this guide will help nonprofits:
- Define leadership needs,
- Identify future leaders,
- Detail activities to strengthen their leadership muscle,
- And more.
Ultimately, it will allow nonprofits to develop leaders more intentionally and effectively within the scope of their day-to-day work.