Professional Development and Support: Oxygen for the Nonprofit Leader

Oxygen

Anyone who has taken a commercial flight is familiar with the routine that flight staff runs through just before takeoff: here are the emergency exits; flotation devices, and in the event of emergency, an oxygen mask will drop down in front of you… If you’re traveling with someone who may depend on you for help, you’re instructed to first apply the mask to yourself – then help the person that’s in your charge – in that order.

It’s pretty obvious why you should take care of yourself first. You’ll need oxygen in order to see your dependent through what could be a life-threatening event. But if you can’t breathe, well…

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The LEAP Program:
Five Years of Shaping Future Nonprofit Leaders

“Nobody teaches this stuff!” That’s what one of our past LEAP participants said as others around her nodded in agreement. This was someone who had come up through the ranks to earn a well-deserved Executive Director role. But after accepting the position, she discovered that there were major issues with the budget, and a number of grants were close to deadline. In addition, there were personnel issues that needed to be handled with care. She thought she knew the organization inside & out, but quickly discovered that she was not familiar with the many intricacies of running a nonprofit. Being at the top had turned out to be a lonely place. Then someone suggested The Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) program. [Read more…]