Center on Leadership Resources

Before his role as executive consultant, David Johnson served as chief executive officer for nearly two decades at Family Service Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. In this interview, Johnson shares his growth as a leader and provides advice for emerging leaders in the nonprofit, human-serving sector.

Pam Darnall, President and CEO of Family & Children's Place, was recently chosen as an Alden Fellow by the Community Foundation of Louisville. In this article, Darnall discusses the leadership development opportunity that was presented to her as a result of this award and Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville speaks to the importance of investing in leadership.

Mike Boehm began his career at Family & Children’s Center in 1996. Sixteen years later, he now serves as the organization's president and CEO. In this interview, Boehm shares how he has grown over time as a leader and what his organization is doing to develop emerging leaders. He also provides his thoughts on the generational differences in leadership.

"These are mostly happy stories. In each case, our client was prepared for an unvarnished look at the circumstances that would likely shape the next chief executive’s tenure. As they signaled that readiness and welcomed a frank give-and-take during the recruiting process, strong candidates stepped forward. Before hiring the new CEO, they were able to establish a common understanding of the challenges they would face together."

Wes Farmer, executive director of Lancaster Community Safety Coalition in Pennsylvania, recently completed his dissertation, The Motivators and the Motivated: What Mechanisms Do Nonprofit Organizations Use to Spur Engagement, and Do They Work? An Exploratory Case Study. In this interview, he discusses the significant role nonprofit human-serving organizations play in civic engagement.

This presentation addresses equity: What is it? Why does it matter? Why now?

This presentation provides an introduction to coaching as a way to expand the leadership and supervision tool kit of CEOs and other nonprofit leaders and conclude with an opportunity to practice peer coaching, receiving coaching from a peer, receive and give constructive feedback, and learn how to improve peer coaching.

Jeff Schwartz will address concerns and needs of new and more seasoned executive directors, COOs, CFOs, and board chairs, looking to achieve breakthrough programmatic, financial, and organizational results or ways to deal with burnout, internal conflict, and leadership transition issues.

This presentation covers:

  • Compliance management vs. performance management
  • Three pillars and six components of performance management
  • Nine indicators of high-level organizational performance
  • The theory of change - an operational blueprint for achieving strategic success

Making your organization better and new is the name of the game. Productivity isn’t enough, substantial growth is now required. In a down market innovation isn’t your best friend…it’s your only friend.

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