This paper provides a study of the nonprofit sector's need to develop a new generation of leaders who can capitalize on strategic and political opportunities to advance their organizations in a rapidly changing environment. The paper contends that current leaders need to invest in future leaders, as nonprofits must now (more than ever) compete for talented professionals. Nonprofit leaders are also encouraged to understand the political frame, and to develop the strategic and political skills critical to successful leadership.
In terms of method, the paper relies on a literature review and also draws on the author's own professional experience. After the introduction there are two main sections. The first addresses the growing concern for leadership development, especially the need to develop, recruit and retain a new generation of nonprofit leadership. The second focuses on the importance of developing political knowledge and strategic leadership in nonprofit organizations. A final concluding section contains three primary recommendations for nonprofit leaders:
- Recommendation 1: Successful Leaders Must be Strategic Thinkers
- Recommendation 2: Develop the Capacity to Recruit and Equip Future Leaders
- Recommendation 3: Cultivate and Learn to Apply Political Skill and Knowledge
Schupbach, Jeremy. Creating Capacity to Address the Challenges Facing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders. May 15, 2009. May 21, 2009. Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Master of Public Policy.
professional paper for the fulfillment of the Masters of Public Policy degree
Creating Capacity to Address the Challenges Facing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders.
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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