Friday Main Stage with Richard Brown

Poll

Learning Opportunities Related to Diversity and Challenge in Nonprofit Leadership

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The Leader of the Future
by William C. Taylor.

Points to Highlight  

  • “The real heroism of leadership involves having the courage to face reality — and helping the people around you to face reality.”
  • “Leadership means influencing the organization to face its problems and to live into its opportunities.”
  • “Leaders of the future need to have the stomach for conflict and uncertainty — among their people and within themselves.”
  • “What’s precious, and what’s expendable? Which values and operations are so central to our core that if we lose them, we lose ourselves? And which assumptions, investments, and businesses are subject to radical change? At the highest level, the work of a leader is to lead conversations about what’s essential and what’s not.”

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The Future of Nonprofit Leadership: Worker Self-directed Organizations by
Simon Mont.

Points to Highlight

  • “We have built our organizations around an idea that our leadership should come from either a single individual or a small group. This leads to the consolidation of responsibility and power in the people who occupy those positions and the creation of positions within organizations that demand long hours, compromised personal lives, and distance from personally fulfilling client and program work in order [to] focus on administration.”

     

  • “When we expect a single leader (or small group of “leaders”) to create a system that will define and coordinate all individuals’ relationship to the organization by assigning roles and titles, we ignore the potential of every member to decide for themselves how to use the personal and interpersonal resources at their disposal to support the organization. We inhibit the dynamic, innovative, and agile responses that empowered people are capable of and choose static control and repetition instead.”

  • “Leadership is the practice of maximizing the use of one’s individual talents and the potential of a team to develop and execute a vision. It is the practice of seeing the relationship of the individual to the group, and creating spaces where individual actions combine to achieve collective vision.”

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Watch this video featuring Hamza Khan as he makes the case that millennials must be lead, instead of managed and given autonomy to complete their tasks, so that they may grow and reach their full potential.

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