Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Daring to Lead 2006

The Daring to Lead 2006 study recently caught my eye. It's a national study of nonprofit executive leadership completed as a joint project of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and The Meyer Foundation. It's opening paragraph says:

"For anyone who believes that committed and talented executive directors are critical to the success of nonprofit organizations, this report offers sobering news. Nearly 2,000 nonprofit executive directors in eight cities completed the survey for Daring to Lead 2006. Three quarters don't plan on being in their current jobs five years from now, and nine percent are currently in the process of leaving. Frustrations with boards of directors and institutional funders, lack of management and administrative support, and below-market compensation add stress to a role that can be challenging even in the best circumstances."

I plan to read the whole report and post some additional thoughts here, especially as I see them relating to the question of generational change in leadership in the nonprofit sector. If someone has already read the report, please let me know what you think of it.


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