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Nonprofit Leadership Requires Courage

Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:48 PM | Anonymous

Tom Williams
Capacity Builder

Nonprofit leadership requires courage. Without a doubt, the decisions and actions necessary to successfully lead your organization are hard work. I say it requires courage because best practices are rarely achieved by going with the flow. In fact, taking the path of least resistance can sometimes reduce our impact and zap our passion for the work. The iconic actor, John Wayne, probably clarified it best for me, when he defined it this way:
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” 

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It takes courage to have the hard conversations with key people in our organization. It takes courage to hold ourselves accountable to the path we planned out and all agreed upon. And yes, courage is often the missing component of our funding goal shortfalls. One-on-one coaching is sometimes a means to uncover the courage needed. Other times, having an unbiased, third party come in to facilitate a group discussion about hard topics can be the way forward.

If these thoughts resonate with you, I strongly suggest attending our Executive Director Academythe next one starts this August 2021. This is a 9 month, 9 session deep dive course, also perfect for succession planning, c-suite leaders or someone who wants to be an Executive Director. We know an ED wears many hats and we'll cover topics like responsibilities, communication, finance and leadership in order to guide your focus. If you'd like to talk through it and discuss it further, Feel free to contact our office at 517-796-4750 or email us at and we'll get right back to you!

*Updated from July 2019

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