Print Friendly, PDF & Email

  • The job of the nonprofit leader is to assure that the organization or program is equipped to demonstrate positive impact and effective management over time.
  • This work can be especially challenging in a ‘VUCA‘ environment of volatility, uncertaintycomplexity, and ambiguity.
  • Positive leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that can be especially helpful for organizations facing uncertainty or significant change.
  • Positive leadership, in essence, seeks to elevate performance by helping people fluorish and do their best.
  • Positive leadership is not a superficial approach.  It is supported by research evidence, and it does not shy away from addressing real challenges in the workplace.

These positive practices are supported by research on traits of effective leaders.

  • 1. Think Strategically.  Always be thinking about how to optimize your organizational strategy, especially as conditions change.
  • 2. Learn Constantly.  The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.
  • 3. Build Relationships.  Nobody goes it alone anymore.  The leader’s job is to build internal and external relationships that can help the organization accomplish its mission and sustain its future.
  • 4. Shape the Culture.  Foster a positive work culture where people are encouraged to learn, grow, collaborate, and connect their work to the mission.
  • 5. Equip People for Excellence.  Equip people for excellence by providing learning supports, coaching, mentoring, system supports, and policy supports.

Quick Reads