From health-centric charities to grassroots organizations and the for-profit sector alike, strong leadership is vital to an organization. Great leadership can also be difficult to cultivate. Whether you’re looking to update your skills in the digital age, read some of the best books on fundraising and development, or find some top notch stories tailored specifically to the nonprofit sector, these books go beyond nonprofit management 101 and offer great solutions.
The Blue Sweater By Jacqueline Novogratz
There are many stories of poverty. There are many stories of individuals from around the world trying to help less fortunate communities. If you’re going to read one, read The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz. A resonant memoir about the author who left her job at Chase Manhattan Bank to work for UNICEF, this story explores what it means to put your heart fully into a cause and highlights the need for innovation when it comes to eradicating poverty. To gain insight to global nonprofits and what it means to be a part of one, this is a great read.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, By Stephen Covey
If you’re a leader of any kind, this book should be on your list. A favorite of business school professors and anyone building leadership, this book is a great place to get some new ideas and build new skills. A quick and easy read that will help you improve any organization’s leadership, this book should be on your list. From improving your listening, to being proactive, and finding ways to “sharpen your saw” or make the most of your time off the clock, this book will really make you a highly effective person.
The Nonprofit Leader of the New Decade by Jeffrey Wilcox
This book is a quick read and a must read for nonprofit leaders. In The Nonprofit Leader of the New Decade, Jeffrey Wilcox delves into what it means to be a top notch leader in the 21st century. Gone are the days where mailing newsletters and flyers in community centers were enough to build an active, nonprofit centric community. If you’re a Baby Boomer leader navigating the tech-savvy, creative Gen X’ers and Millennials in your workplace, this book is a great read. It offers insight and ideas to building the next generation of nonprofit leaders and a bright future for your organization.
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone
Throughout your career as a nonprofit leader, you’ll encounter difficult conversations and have to ask hard questions. Difficult conversations, however, if avoided can turn into festering problems. They can cause long term damage for your organization, and therefore need to be addressed quickly and effectively. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone is a great book to help you get there.
The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Beth Kanter
In the digital age, nonprofits have the power to go beyond neighborhoods, cities, and other previously confined networks. But where do you being? The Networked Nonprofit may give you some answers. From building your digital network, Beth Kanter has trained thousands of nonprofit professionals around the world on how to leverage the internet for their cause, and if you’re looking to do so, her book is worth a read.
For organizations large and small, good leadership means great success in the long run. Whether you’re looking to update your skills, take a new approach, or gain a better understanding of one aspect of nonprofit leadership, these books may have some answer. To learn more about our approach to nonprofit leadership or to sign up for one of our workshops, visit our website today!
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