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4 Methods to Sharpen Your Leadership Skills

On the Classy Podcast, we have the opportunity to sit down and talk with leading executives and influencers in the social sector, and we like to ask them: “What makes a good leader?”

It might seem like a simple question, but developing leadership skills can be difficult for anyone regardless of how big or small their organization is.

Two recent guests, Piper LeJeune, the director of digital strategy and engagement for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, and Jeff Roman, executive director for Convoy of Hope, both offer a wealth of knowledge about how you can foster leadership skills to grow your team and organization. Below, we dig into their expert insights.


Are You Successful?

“What does it take?”

Most every time I'm with a leader or a highly successful corporate executive, I ask, "What does it take? What are the traits and characteristics that contribute most to your success?"

(A pretty good question, by the way. And it does help stroke the psyche of the person you ask. Try it. "Tell me why you are so successful. What does it take?")

Over the years, I've gathered these 28 bits and pieces I've listed below. (If you can add any, let me know.)


How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.


Avoiding the High Cost of Ambiguous Decisions

Imagine this: You are leading your weekly team meeting, and you have just five minutes left to galvanize people around a critical decision that will affect many people. After quickly summarizing the discussion, you say that you think all are agreed and check if there are any objections. Hearing none, you close the meeting, feeling relief that the decision has finally been made.


7 Tips to Get Your Organization to Embrace Fundraising



Asking doesn’t just happen out of nowhere.
Your organization has to embrace asking clear across the board in order for you to develop a strong culture of asking.


Have We Forgotten Anyone?

 

Each year, The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize extraordinary leaders who demonstrate what makes California great. They display both a commitment and a record of success in improving people’s lives, creating opportunity, and contributing to a better California.


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