Overview

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Welcome to the e-learning lesson on Leading a Nonprofit Organization. By the end of this lesson you will be able to recall the operational responsibilities of an executive director, recall various leadership styles, and apply knowledge of operational responsibilities and leadership strategies to successfully lead a nonprofit organization. No matter your title or role, there are plenty of opportunities while working at a nonprofit organization to serve as a leader. And whether you are directing a board, chairing a committee, managing a team, or coordinating a project, the goal is always the same — to lead effectively.

Leading a nonprofit requires an understanding of the organizational structure as well as strong leadership skills.

The structure of some nonprofits may mirror the corporate model, with a clearly defined chain of command. But many others, particularly smaller organizations, pursue their mission in a more unique fashion. Accordingly, this lesson will cover the operational responsibilities of the executive director as well as leadership strategies. The former provides practical tips and tools for the first-time executive, while the latter discusses leadership in broader terms — offering insight and activities to help anyone become a stronger leader.

This lesson will provide you with the information necessary to successfully lead your nonprofit.

By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Recall the operational responsibilities of an executive director
  • Recall various leadership styles
  • Apply knowledge of operational responsibilities and leadership strategies to successfully lead a nonprofit organization