The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide: Proven Paths for Leaders and Organizations

The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide: Proven Paths for Leaders and Organizations

By: Tom Adams (author)Paperback

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Filled with theory, tools, and steps needed, this book will help plan for successful leadership transitions in nonprofit organizations. In this groundbreaking guidebook, the author distills years of experience studying leadership transitions and working with and training over 200 nonprofit organizations. It shows how to install policies to deal with emergencies, to plan for the future, and to grow leaders on the staff both loyal lieutenants as well as potential executives-in-waiting. The book brings together the author s knowledge, research, and hands-on experience in a single volume.

About Author

Tom Adams is a national thought leader, speaker, and trainer as well as president and cofounder of TransitionGuides, a consulting and educational services company based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Adams has published extensively, including articles in the Nonprofit Quarterly and the Stanford Journal for Social Innovation. For more information on TransitionGuides, visit


Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. The Author. Chapter 1: The Leader's Way: An Introduction. Our Leadership Challenges. The Leaderful Organization. The Leader Transition Opportunity. The Leader Development Opportunity. How This Book Is Organized. How to Use This Book. Conclusion: Join the Campaign. Reflection Questions. Chapter 2: Managing the Power of Emotions. Transitions and Emotions. Handling Individual and Group Emotional Responses. Conclusion: Emotional Awareness Opens Options. Reflection Questions. Chapter 3: Founders and Founder Transitions. Understanding the Founder. How Founders Can Build Leaderful Organizations. Preparing the Organization for Founder Succession. Following the Founder. Conclusion: Founder Transition Success. Reflection Questions. Chapter 4: Seeking Diversity Through Leader Development. Building Racial Diversity in Leadership. Generational Diversity. Conclusion: Meeting the Diversity Challenge. Reflection Questions. Chapter 5: Executive Transition Management. Key Transition Decisions. The Executive Transition Process. The Prepare Phase. The Pivot Phase. The Thrive Phase. Conclusion: Leader Development Through ETM. Reflection Questions. Chapter 6: Getting Started on Succession Planning. Preparing for Succession Planning. Create an Emergency Backup Plan. Develop and Adopt a Succession Policy. Conclusion: Gentle Paths to Succession Planning. Reflection Questions. Chapter 7. Departure-Defined Succession Planning. Four Phases of Planning. Conclusion: Advancing the Leaderful Organization. Reflection Questions. Chapter 8: Leader Development and Talent Management. Examples of Leader Development and Talent Management. Leader Development Personal Commitment and Actions. Becoming More Leaderful: Paths to Leader Development and Talent Management. Talent Management. Launching a Talent Management Program. Conclusion: A Critical Leadership Strategy. Reflection Questions. Chapter 9: Many Paths to a Leaderful Organization. Promising Practices. Many Paths, Many Champions. Enjoy the Leader's Way and Grow the Campaign. Appendixes. Appendix A: Executive Transition Management Tools and Worksheets. Executive Transition Management Process Overview. A2. The Interim Executive Advantage: An Overview of the Benefits. A3. Where to Find an Interim Executive. A4. Sample Transition Timeline. A5. Sample Chief Executive Ninety-Day Entry Plan. Appendix B: Finding and Choosing a Consultant. B1. When to Use and How to Find a Consultant. Appendix C: Succession Planning Tools and Samples. C1. Sustainability Audit. C2. Sustainability Audit Questions (Executive Transition Management Focused). Appendix D: Leader Development and Talent Management Tools and Samples. D1. Examples of Leader Development Learning Opportunities . D2. Talent Management Tools. Appendix E: Helpful Inventories. E1. Leader's Personal and Professional Inventory. E2. Questions about the Organization. E3. Diversity Inventory. E4. The Leader's Emotional Check-in Barometer. E5. Action Planning Notes and Commitments. Notes. Resources. Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780470481226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780470481226
  • weight: 604
  • ISBN10: 0470481226

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