Leading a nonprofit organization in today’s world requires nothing less than a miracle worker at the helm. That could be the conclusion one might draw from reading the literature on the traits, skills, and characteristics required to lead a nonprofit organization. Today’s leaders should be honest, competent, forward looking, and inspiring as well as intelligent, fair-minded, broad-minded, courageous, straightforward, and imaginative. Leaders should be of high integrity, dedicated, magnanimous, humble, open, and creative while energizing others. Able to cope with change, leaders must establish direction, align people, motivate, and inspire while effectively communicating their story. He or she must be ambitious for the company, demonstrating a compelling modesty, calmly determined, never blaming, willfully creating superb results, demonstrating an unwavering resolve to do what must be done to produce the best long-term results, no matter how difficult. Finally, the leader should be tactically and technically proficient, be self-aware, set an example, build effective teams, ensure tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished, and make sound and timely decisions.



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