Lay Leadership Initiative

BECAUSE OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON A STRONG LAY-PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP

Professionals and lay leaders – board members, funders, and volunteers – are the twin engines that make nonprofits soar. When this partnership works, it can add tremendous value. When it doesn’t, it can be destructive. The Lay Leadership Initiative focuses on ways to support this partnership so that organizations can thrive.

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CEO Search Committee Guide

The vast majority of senior leaders in Jewish nonprofits will need to be replaced in the coming years.

Leading Edge partnered with a Senior Editor from Harvard Business Review to distill the most important elements of running a successful nonprofit CEO search.

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How Can We Meet the Jewish Community’s Leadership Pipeline Challenge?

We brought together a group of lay leaders to explore this question. With the help of the The Bridgespan Group, the group identified four themes ripe for action.

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  • “I had a check book and a pulse, and now I’m board chair.“

    Jewish Lay Leader

  • “Leadership development is a long play. In order to build a pipeline, I am a big believer in the ‘ships’—mentorships, scholarships, internships.“

    Jewish Lay Leader

  • “If we don’t change the culture of our organizations, then it’s like pouring clean water into dirty—it all becomes dirty.”

    Jewish Lay Leader

  • “When looking for CEOs, we are looking for unicorns.”

    Jewish Lay Leader

  • “Ultimately, the role of an effective board member is to stay in their lane.”

    Jewish Lay Leader

  • “The only way we will change our organizations is through the CEO and the board chair working together in a dancing hevruta.“

    Jewish Lay Leader

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