Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Participation

(In the next four entries, I’ll explore each of the components of LeaderCulture, my nonprofit leadership model.)

Shared experiences are not only the vehicles by which we accomplish the work of our organization, they also create opportunities to build commitment to its mission.

When we have the chance to experience firsthand the impact on lives, we draw energy and understand why it is important that our organization exists. From there, our commitment can grow – along with our potential to become leaders in the mission fulfillment process.

Everyone should have multiple opportunities to participate in activities that advance the mission. The board’s role should be clear; but in all but the smallest nonprofits, board members may find themselves removed from the front line work and feeling somewhat disconnected.

Board leaders should foster opportunities to engage members in high-impact, mission-critical work. They also should create spaces in board work to reflect on how they are making a difference, as individual members and as a group. Engage members in meaningful work as soon as they commit to the organization, and help them maintain focus on how they are advancing your organization’s work in everything they do.

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