THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP

At the helm of any great organization are strong, visionary leaders who can chart a course for the future and marshal resources, all the while maintaining a laser sharp focus on results. A leadership team including the Executive Director/CEO, senior staff and the board of directions focuses on building individual, organizational and systems capacity of the organization.

HOW STAFF AND BOARD LEADERS STEER AND STEWARD ORGANIZATIONAL EFFORT

RESULTS-DRIVEN

Our staff and board leaders work and motivate others towards meaningful, measurable results.

The end goal of any nonprofit is to deliver results for the people or causes it exists to serve. Through their direct work and supervision of staff and volunteer efforts, leaders of effective organizations work to ensure that programs are strategically-designed and well-implemented. They are passionate about pushing the organization to continually improve.

MODEL VALUES

Our leadership models core organizational values.

Organizational values serve as the underlying principles guiding how a nonprofit operates, as well as how it interacts with the community. While the specific values are unique to each organization, examples include principles such as service excellence, innovation, integrity and team-work. The leadership team and board should embody the values of the organization and model them within the organization and in the community.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CEO

Our Executive Director is the right leader for this organization at this point in our growth.

All nonprofits experience different phases of growth and development as they move across their life cycle. During a stability phase, a well-rounded executive who can chart a steady course is important. During a renewal phase, an innovative leader who can act decisively may be most important. Regardless of the organization’s phase, the Executive Director must be able to continually scan the external environment, anticipate changes, adapt and respond.

BOARD CAPITAL

Our board contributes strategic capital through leadership, time, financial resources, networks and skills.

Behind almost every strong nonprofit is a strong board. Just like the Executive Director, the board must be forward-thinking with an ability to anticipate and respond to shifts in the sector, the community and the organization’s clients and stakeholders. In addition, it is critical for board members to meaningfully support the organization and serve as stewards and ambassadors for its work and mission.

BOARD OVERSIGHT

Our board provides effective oversight of the organization, the Executive Director and the board itself.

A nonprofit’s board of directors has a legal obligation to oversee the work of the organization and protect the public interest. This governance role includes both financial and legal oversight, as well as regular monitoring of the organization’s key programmatic work. The board is also responsible for selecting and evaluating the Executive Director’s performance, as well as its own performance and consider ways that the work of the board can be strengthened.

LEADERSHIP SUCCESSION

Our organization is prepared for succession of board and senior staff.

Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing staff and board members with the potential to fill key leadership positions. This pipeline provides confidence and continuity in the organization’s work. In addition, this planning should include a process for how interim leadership will be handled in the event of staff or board turnover, in order to ensure that the organization can continue to deliver its key programs and operations.

The Nonprofit Effectiveness Framework: Six Critical Elements to Nonprofit Work

Mission Capital has identified six elements that are critical to all organizations, regardless of size, mission or scope. This guide provides definitions, guidance, tools and resources to help you understand the elements of the Nonprofit Effectiveness Framework, including:

  • Clarity of Purpose
  • Sustainable Business Model
  • The Right Leadership
  • Smart Operations
  • Implementation and Improvement
  • Strategic Collaboration

Mission Capital Services and Resources

Our team of consultants can help you develop an engaged board that leads your organization to success. We can also help you navigate a time of transition with ED search facilitation and objective guidance from an Interim Executive Director.

This document includes job descriptions for chair, vice-chair, treasurer, secretary, committee chair and general board members.

Connect with peers and learn leading theories and practices that will help you lead change in our community.

This sample agreement/contract outlines the responsibilities and expectations of board members.

Leadership transitions are often an afterthought, but having a succession plan in place can ensure organizational continuity and preserve your mission and legacy.

Get clarity on the board’s role in the financial oversight of the organization.

For those looking to join a board, find open board seats in and around Austin. Mission Capital’s nonprofit members can also post open board positions.

This list of questions can kick-start a board’s self-assessment and evaluation.

This study evaluates the specific struggles of Central Texas nonprofits and their boards, and provides recommendations for key areas of growth.

This resource packet includes tips, checklists and templates to help a board evaluate the Executive Director.

Other Resources

The Dawn of Systems Leadership

This article illustrates the core capabilities required for system leadership through stories of successful practitioners.

The Nonprofit Leadership Development Deficit

Nonprofits nation-wide are failing to develop their most promising pool of talent: the homegrown leader.

What Social Sector Leaders Need to Succeed

This McKinsey & Company article which argues for the critical importance of committing more funds across the sector to leadership development.

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