Replacing an Iconic Nonprofit Leader
“A not-for-profit organization is blessed when its executive director or CEO stays for a lengthy tenure. A leader who stays for 10, 15, or even 20 years usually means stability, respect, and success around the mission. If wildly successful or even the founder of the organization, the individual may be deemed an icon. The challenge arises when, ultimately, that leader decides to step down. Not only are there proverbial ‘big shoes to fill’ atop the organization, but there is little organizational knowledge as to how to recruit a new top executive.”
In this article for the GuideStar Blog, WittKieffer’s John Fazekas looks at the steps nonprofits can take to recruit a new leader as an icon steps down.