If succession planning is so important, why do some boards and Executive Directors put it off? Nonprofit leaders agree that developing future leaders is critical to continuing to fulfill their organizations’ missions. And organizations know that they need to have a plan in place for when transitions occur. But when it comes to taking the actions necessary to develop future leaders systematically, and well, many admit to falling short.
Nonprofits that are serious about their own sustainability also need to be serious about planning for smooth and thoughtful transitions of leadership, unexpected departures and general succession planning for all roles. Whether a transition occurs due to an unexpected vacancy, or the anticipated transition of a long-tenured role, being deliberative and thoughtful, and having a plan in place, can help a nonprofit weather the inevitable challenges of transitions with staff.
While the board is directly responsible for managing the Executive Director, boards have a responsibility to ensure that the organization has strong succession planning overall in place.
In this session we will use our organization as a sample case study and share our leadership transition journey including the process developed by our board and hear the experience from key participants including our Board Chair, outgoing and incoming Executive Directors. Included in the discussion will be general good best practices for successful succession planning for all staff, including processes and tools that helped strengthen our organization.
In this workshop we will explore:
A framework for successful succession planning and leadership transitions
How to support succession planning across the organization through practices such as cross training, building leadership internally and documenting history and practices
Your board’s role as employer of the staff leader and broader organizational success
How to centre equity in your organization’s definition of “leadership”
Tools and resources to help you create your own succession plan
TARGET AUDIENCE: Board Members, Executive Directors, board support staff and those interested in learning about becoming a volunteer board member
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