According to The Bridgespan Group’s research, over 60% on nonprofits do not have the leadership plan they need to achieve their strategic objectives. Bridgespan has an online diagnostic survey (http://www.bridgestar.org/Library/LeadershipDiagnostic.aspx) to help you assess your nonprofit’s plan for building the leadership capacity you need to fulfill your strategic objectives. It takes 15 minutes to complete and you get the results the instant you complete the survey.
According to Bridgespan, leadership planning consists of three steps (for more information, go to http://www.bridgestar.org/Library/UnderstandingFutureLeadershipNeeds.aspx)
Define the leadership capacities you need to achieve your strategic objectives
Assess you staff’s capability to take on added responsibilities
Create a plan for developing or acquiring the leaders you need to achieve your objectives
They say that assessing a leader’s potential consists of three elements (for more information, go to http://www.bridgestar.org/Library/UnderstandingFutureLeadershipNeeds/WhatLeadershipPotentialReallyMeans.aspx)
Aspiration: desire for results, recognition, advancement and influence
Ability: cognitive ability, emotional intelligence, learned skills
Engagement: doing whatever it takes, commitment to a career with their employer
Their research has shown that the most effective leadership development plans consist of 70% on-the-job learning in assignments that stretch the individual in strategically relevant ways, 20% coaching and mentoring and 10% formal training. Unfortunately, only 29% of the organizations surveyed had development plans in place for their potential leaders. For more information, go to http://www.bridgestar.org/Library/PlanADevelopFutureLeaders.aspx.
Author: Bob Cryer, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org