When recruiting chief executives for not-for-profit organizations, I pose one key question to each candidate: Are you truly passionate and committed to the organization’s mission and its work? This is fundamental. As a not-for-profit CEO, you will be eating and breathing this work, 24/7. There are a lot of great organizations out there and you should believe in your heart of hearts that this is the most important one for you, so that others believe it as well.
As a candidate, if the answer for you is yes—you are deeply passionate about the mission—the next step is to evaluate the organization. Is it ready for you and the right place for you?