small non-profit associations cannot afford hired help and must rely on
volunteers to fill all their needs. In
cases where the new CEO of a non-profit believes that he/she should be the
sole-decision maker in all things, volunteers feel demeaned – they are not
slaves – they should be decision-making partners in areas in which they are
Recently, I watched
the meltdown of a young CEO who could have made her organization a huge local
success had she not alienated the people who did the most work and were most
supportive to her. Because they dared to
disagree with one of her decisions she actually fired them.
I wonder how
this will impact those other volunteers in her organization? Can she recover from her meltdown? Can she re-unite with the volunteers she
chased away? Can she resume the
friendships she had with these women after insulting them so badly?
good leaders – know the importance of valuing others. They say “we” when there are good results and
“I” (as in the buck stops here) when something negative occurs.
good leaders – get their personal egos and agenda out of the way in the
interest of making others look good, give more (become more productive), and
feel motivated and loyal to the team.
good leaders – are credible, authentic, reliable, and reasonable.
Coming together is a
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is the goal.
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