Assembling a seasoned management team is ideal for a nonprofit organization to grow at a steady pace.
Finding reliable personnel is the most vital of several building blocks to a nonprofit success story. You may also need to invest in digital technology, but equipment won’t mean much if you don’t find the right people to run it properly. Here are essential steps toward building a successful nonprofit leadership team.
1. Commit to a Meaningful Mission
Before you even come up with a name for your nonprofit organization, you must decide on a purpose that works toward a community need. You must gather intelligence on the problem you’re addressing and its potential solutions to form a core mission for your organization. Your mission forms the entity’s foundation and identity.
By extensively researching the topic that shapes your nonprofit mission and vision, you will develop expertise that attracts others who can help you achieve your goals. A meaningful mission statement should be the seed from which everything else grows. It will help you identify the right like-minded talent to join your team.
Part of understanding and communicating your mission effectively requires identifying who you are trying to help and the root causes of the underlying problem. Focusing on these details and interconnected issues solidifies a strong foundation for any organization.
2. Hire Appropriate Talent
Some nonprofit organizations are built completely by volunteers, but you’re more likely to have a bigger impact on society starting with funding. It’s very challenging for a firm to rely on volunteers because it’s hard to find people who will commit to more than a few hours of free time in a week. But when you have money in the bank, it allows you to hire experienced professionals with track records.
Ideally, you’re able to construct a team of ambitious leaders eager to carry out the organization’s mission. It’s much more valuable to have experienced professionals leading your team than inexperienced volunteers.
3. Develop a Training Plan for Members
Your nonprofit organization needs a cohesive team that adheres to a central mission. The best way to get everyone on the same page is to provide a training plan that simplifies and clarifies the organization’s goals and means of reaching them. It can be a one-day training session or take several weeks.
Training a team that interacts with each other either online or in-person is a valuable building block, as it creates unification and synergy. Once each individual is clear on the organization’s goals, then you can open up communication to be more flexible.
4. Use Diverse and Flexible Forms of Communication
Successful team leadership depends on excellent communication skills. Not only is communication what ties organizational elements together, it’s the fuel that drives a group toward its goals. So your hiring process should screen out candidates who don’t exhibit strong communication skills. The more natural energy you bring to your team, the more positive energy will spread from your organization to the community.
Thanks to the Internet and other modern technology, it’s now possible to communicate with a global team in real time. For a global team, you should allow for a diverse array of digital channels to engage with your team. Videoconferencing is an excellent way to bring a remote team together for group meetings.
5. Establish Resourceful Partnerships
The first partnership your nonprofit should consider is legal counsel that you can trust. It is important in the formation process as well as continued running of your organization to have someone you can count on to advise and direct your nonprofit in all matters.
A team expands its influence when it joins with other relevant teams. Part of successful leadership is developing meaningful relationships with other organizations with similar goals. Many nonprofit organizations get off the ground through blogging as thought leaders. They write guest blogs and interview other thought leaders, which creates cross-promotion and combines different audiences.
The more traditional way to form partnerships is to attend trade shows and local chamber of commerce events. These days blogging, podcasting and social media are common ways to find new partners who share common goals. Just like developing a supply chain, you should choose your partners carefully since the relationship can reflect on your organization’s reputation.
6. Emphasize Well-Being and Team Loyalty
The old approach to management had an authoritarian feel, whereas the more contemporary approach is humanistic. Organizational leaders must realize that workers and volunteers whom they supervise need to be treated with respect and fairness.
There should be a conscious effort to promote both physical and mental wellness among the staff. Team members who sit at computers all day should be allowed to take breaks every few hours, allowing their blood to circulate better. Let members socialize with each other to facilitate building team spirit.
Team leaders unify workers and volunteers in a nonprofit organization by fostering an atmosphere of trust and loyalty toward the team. It’s helpful to reward team players with incentives for their contributions. Another key to unifying a team is for leaders to meet with individuals for one-on-one conversations to develop familiarity and personal interaction.
At Daryl Reese Law, our experience in the nonprofit community allows us to assist you through the learning process of facilitating a team that can avoid conflict and set clear expectations and boundaries within the board.
7. Facilitate a Collaborative Atmosphere
Encouraging team members to participate and collaborate is a monumental step toward building a powerful team. It’s advantageous to get your team involved in brainstorming sessions that lead to new discoveries.
Bringing intelligent minds together can generate kernels to innovative ideas that evolve over time. When each member feels they have valuable input in the system, it propels an energetic team spirit.
Legal Counsel You Can Count On
Our team is here to help you learn the building blocks to form a vibrant and productive nonprofit leadership team. We will put your organization on a path toward forward-thinking strategies and milestone achievements. Nonprofit leadership success is the culmination of people helping people. At Daryl Reese Law PC, we can help you through the board development process and assist you in training your team to understand their legal duties and responsibilities, so they can act with reasonable care and in the best interests of your nonprofit organization.