Thursday, March 12, 2015

What We've Been Reading...

Recently, here at Charities Review Council, we have been reading about the many different tools for successful leadership in the nonprofit sector and beyond. We wanted to share just a few of these interesting articles with you:

The Best Leaders Are Humble Leaders by Jeanine Prime and Elizabeth Salib

This article explores the role of humility as an integral skill for successful leadership. The authors note that “humility is one of four critical leadership factors for creating an environment where employees from different demographic backgrounds feel included.” Drawing on the results from a survey of over 1,500 employees working in a range of countries worldwide, the authors illustrate their message noting in particular a link between an employee’s sense of inclusion and innovation. The article goes on to specify the ways in which a leader can go about implementing what the authors define as a “selfless leadership style.” Is there a humble leader who has inspired you?

Does Your Process Invite ‘Em In or Keep ‘Em Out? Streamlining’s Connection to Diversity and Inclusion by Jessica Bearman

Another critical component of successful leadership is ensuring that all voices and perspectives are brought to the table. This article highlights the ways in which grantmakers can work to prevent application practices and even communication from becoming “an invisible barrier to entry.” The author details six steps that organizations can take to ensure that traditionally marginalized communities can successfully participate in the grantmaking process. She describes these different key steps as “streamling habit[s].” What steps do you think should be taken to prevent the emergence of barriers to entry?

Six Degrees of Separation: Kate Khaled by Kate Khaled

Our very own Kate Khaled, Director of Engagement & Donor Services, was recently featured on Pollen, where she wrote about the six people who have played an integral role in influencing the person that she is today. When describing one of her mentors, Kate said “because of him I know that listening and empathy are the most important components of authentic leadership.” This article underlines the important role that mentors can play throughout your professional life. Do you have a mentor who has had a significant impact on your professional life?

What have you been reading lately? Let us know if you come across an article or resource that you find particularly inspiring or educational!

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