Module 2: Leadership

Module 2: Leadership

Leadership in Action

Reflecting on Your Leadership

Each section of this tool highlights a set of skills or attributes that have been identified as important keys to success. These questions will help you identify areas where you are already strong and others where you have room to grow as you think about your leadership.

The Leadership in Leaving

This tool will take you through a series of questions to help you explore the various issues in deciding to leave your organization, and to reflect on your readiness.

Thinking Five Years Ahead

This tool is to help executive directors or staff members assess and plan for future leadership transitions, and develop a shared understanding of what needs to be done in the organization

Characteristics of an Effective Non Profit Leader

This is an article about what it takes to be effective as an E.D.; the website has blog posts, articles, and resources on all aspects of non profit leadership.

The Re-inventing the Non Profit Leader

An e-book by Nell Edgington.  Whether you are a new Executive Director or have been in your role for years, this 31 page, 9 chapter book is sure to (re)inspire you to lead with confidence, ability, foresight, energy, and strength of will.

Organizational Leadership

Mission/Mission Passion

“The leader must be committed to and interested in the organization’s work. This is not just a job, but also something they do as a service to others. That requires passion . . . they have to believe they are doing good work or they will not be able to stand the pressure of the many conflicting demands and the disjointedness of the role”.

A Mission Model Template

“But then I really got it. I realized that the execution of a mission demands passion and that this passion manifests itself in strong emotions, sometimes conflict and yup, tears.”  This template can help you decide whether your programs and projects fulfil your shelter’s mission.

Workplace Values Quiz

It can be helpful to identify the workplace values that are presently important to you, and to contemplate how they relate to your goals as a manager.  When you understand your behaviour, know you who are and what you believe in, you are able to make decisions and set priorities mor quickly and easily

When Your Board Falls Short of Expectations

A blog post on a process to start a discussion with your Board when leadership, guidance, and support is lacking.  The comments are interesting.

When your board falls short

Managing a Team

Team Building

Facilitating Team Discussions

5 Ways to Ensure Your Best Employees Never Want to Leave

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Best Your Best Employees Never Want to Leave

A blog post about staff retention strategies.   

A Leader’s Guide and Activities for Developing Resilience for You and Your Team

The Solution Circle

This is an example of an outcome-focused process that can be used within group or teams, whether staff or peers. It is a short and powerful tool that is effective in getting a person or team “unstuck” from a problem at work or in life.

Emotional Intelligence

Managing Emotions

A Skills Assessment for Leaders

Dealing with stressed out, angry or emotional employees can be challenging. Working in supervisory, supportive or leadership roles comes with unique challenges, stressors and demands.  Video modules:

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Many of us are put into leadership roles without having any training on how to actually lead. There can be an emotional cost to leadership that can impact our mental health as well as the mental health of those we lead, manage and support. Higher levels of emotional intelligence can help reduce our own stress while positively impacting the effectiveness of our teams.

Identify your Leadership Strengths Quiz

What would you do Leadership Activity

What Would You do