Mission, Vision, and Effective Nonprofit Leadership by Barry Dym
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This Element is an excerpt from Managing Leadership Transition for Nonprofits: Passing the Torch to Sustain Organizational Excellence (9780137047659) by Barry Dym, Susan Egmont and Laura Watkins. Available in print and digital formats.


Why mission and vision are so crucial to non-profits, why so many fall short--and how to overcome this problem.


The fundamental challenge for all leaders is to align their organizations in the service of their mission and vision, reflected in concrete objectives, realized in strategically developed operations, embedded in culture, and exemplified in their own being. Leadership, then, begins with mission and vision. These “soft” disciplines steady, orient, and drive the leader. When taken seriously, they provide discipline, inspiration, and guideposts for everything organizations do....


About Barry Dym

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Barry Dym is Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership at Boston University School of Management. Dym specializes in executive coaching, team building, strategy, and managing key transitions. Susan Egmont, Principal of Egmont Associates, has 20 years’ experience with nonprofit evaluation, finance, HR, fundraising, training, marketing, operations, program management, and board development. Laura Watkins, Partner and Founder of The Cognitas Group, specializes in helping clients and organizations develop leadership skills.
Published March 8, 2011 by FT Press. 21 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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