Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the personal and professional growth of 25 incredible nonprofit leaders, each of whom aspires to become an Executive Director. As I’ve watched them delve into what it takes to be an effective ED, I’ve been struck by their ability to zero in on and examine the most challenging elements of the Executive Director role.
I’m talking to a lot of nonprofit Executive Directors these days. Well, not as much talking to them as listening to them. Listening to them explain what it’s like in their shoes. Like, cut the BS, no sugar coating, here’s the real deal scoop on being an ED today.