Advance Your Career through Nonprofit Board Service
Last updated on 2015-03-05
About the Book
Merge Your Professional, Philanthropic, and Personal Missions with Strengths-Based Nonprofit Board Leadership
You want to invest in your profession, the causes you care about, and yourself, but your time and energy are limited. You need one approach to amplify your effectiveness and impact in all three domains at once. Here’s the approach: Strengths-based leadership.
With the exercises and information in this book, you will:
•Learn your own strengths and how you can use them to get better results in your professional pursuits.
•Learn to form strengths-based board leadership teams, so you can have greater impact when you serve on not-for-profit boards of directors and with your professional association. This way you’ll have the strongest people taking the lead on fulfilling board responsibilities, instead of simply the people who can’t say no or (worse) the people who were absent from the meeting when committee chairs were assigned.
•Complete a matrix mapping your and your colleagues’ strengths to their responsibilities. You can then use the matrix, and the resources in this book, to take your own leadership team, and/or any board of directors on which you serve, from good to great.
•Discover that it’s perfectly legitimate to use nonprofit and community board service to advance your professional career—if you have a genuine passion for the organization’s mission, and you can say with integrity that you’re contributing talents and skills the organization’s board needs. Nonprofit board service gives you leadership development opportunities that can help you excel in your profession as well.
•Identify nonprofit and community organizations that fit your passions; match your skills and talents to their needs; and plan to perform leadership roles with excellence.
Your profession, the causes you care about, and your own personal development matter. Strengths-based leadership ties them all together into a win-win-win with your leadership at the center.
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