“A sweeping generational change is surging through the top tiers of the Jewish communal world,” writes Forward journalist Nathan Guttman, in an article detailing the increasingly difficult challenge of filling the ranks of retiring leaders.
Guttman cites a March 2014 Leading Edge report that found 75%–90% of Jewish nonprofits will need to find new executive directors in the next five to seven years.
Leading Edge Executive Director Gali Cooks discusses the “leadership gap” with Guttman:
“It stems,” she said, “from the overall shift in career patterns from the baby-boom generation to younger Generation X rising leaders, and has affected the entire American organizational environment. Professionals no longer feel committed to one workplace, and job stability is no longer a driving factor when making career choices.”
Cooks also spoke about the important work this organization is doing to address these challenges:
“Jewish Leadership Pipelines Alliance, which is now changing its name to Leading Edge, recently launched a program to provide new CEOs with mentoring, peer networking and coaching in their first year in office. Most CEOs have 18 months before they are deemed a success or a failure,” Cooks said. “We know that this transition time can be magical, and we want to help.”
Read the full piece here.