Nonprofit organizations need leaders who can transition from one role to the next smoothly and adapt to coming changes. To prepare for future opportunities, nonprofits tap their staff and partners as sources with the best leadership capabilities. These leaders are expected to understand the nature of nonprofits and the range of services they provide. The terms that nonprofits manage, for example, extend beyond nonprofit foundations and charities to include philanthropy, social good, hospitals, schools and public services.
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What Statistics Show About Nonprofit Succession PlanningThere is a decline in the number of leaders in nonprofits as a result of employees leaving their organizations to work elsewhere or retire. About 50 million jobs are estimated to become available within the next 10 years starting in 2012. Of these new openings, around 62% will be due to retirement. To this day, the top organizational concern among nonprofit leaders is still the challenge of finding fresh manpower to fill vacated leadership positions. Nonprofits also see a 43% increase in the availability of jobs in C-level positions including CEO, CTO and CIO—positions that require specific skillsets and work experience.
Challenges That Nonprofits FaceOther than manpower, about 40% of nonprofit organizations believe skill gaps in the workforce can make finding the right match for the job a challenge. About 43% of these organizations expect an increase in the need to train incoming employees to make them suitable for their future jobs.
Qualities of the Best Nonprofit LeadersThe unique needs of nonprofit jobs require a unique set of qualities for future leaders. These qualities include:
- Willingness to collaborate within all levels of the organization
- Commitment to the mission of the nonprofit and capability to understand its role in attaining its broader goal
- Intelligence, perceptiveness, trustworthiness and persuasive abilities
- Proactive and passionate about the role of nonprofits
- Patient, adaptable and inspiring
- Excellent skill level and experience in finance and executive roles
- Capable of encouraging open communication among co-workers and partners
- Ability to promote strong teamwork
- Excellent understanding about the organization
- Willingness to work with other organizations.
How Can Nonprofits Train Their Future Leaders?The most important approach that nonprofits can take to train future leaders is to help them build the skills necessary to make them efficient managers. Furthermore, nonprofits should also develop strategies to encourage these leaders-in-waiting to remain in the organization and in the industry. This is the only way for their skills to be fully utilized and for nonprofits to benefit from their investment.
Nonprofits should also make leadership opportunities available to a diverse group of workers to encourage increased interest in training and improving their experience. Nonprofit employees should also be encouraged to expand their knowledge by working on independent projects. This will help improve their abilities and test their current skill level. For example, new or incoming employees may be encouraged to work on a challenging project to see how much of an impact they can make.
It is also a good idea for nonprofits to promote the most desirable elements that define effective leaders in the private and public sectors. These include:
- Promoting open communication
- Offering support for individuals
- Efficient allocation of resources
- Removing obstacles
- Promoting sponsor innovation
As a critical component of the internal training system, nonprofit leaders should also be encouraged to learn more about how to manage important issues that affect the organization and the society they are in. These issues include culture, values, motivation, renewal and social cohesion.
Lastly, nonprofits should attract more quality employees and future leaders, and encourage them to stay by offering better salaries and benefits. More often than not, nonprofits offer lower salaries than the majority of private companies, although generally nonprofits tend to provide benefits and other non-cash incentives as part of their total compensation package.