Understanding authentic leadership and identifying your own personal basis of leadership is important when relating your duties as a human service administrator to the roles and responsibilities of the nonprofit board. Participate in this discussion after reading the journal articles and watching the video about authentic leadership.
- What leaders, past or present, do you admire most? Why?
- What leadership qualities do you have that are similar?
- What leadership qualities would you like to develop?
- Consider the five dimensions of an authentic leader:
- Do you understand your purpose?
- Do you practice your values?
- Do you lead with your heart?
- Do you establish connected relationships?
- Do you demonstrate self-discipline?
- Do you feel that you are more effective as a leader when you are authentic, or does being authentic constrain your leadership effectiveness?
- What would you say are some of your professional strengths?
- What have coworkers (past or present) appreciated, acknowledged, and/or admired about the things you do or how you interact with others at work? List as many as possible.
- What would you say are some of your personal strengths?
Chapter 4 identifies a four quadrant leadership system along with the associated leadership theories and shows how different skills can be categorized and used in nonprofit leadership. Chapter 6 introduces a strategic planning process to keep an organization moving in the right direction. These tools of the strategic planning process include developing a vision statement, mission statement, guiding principles, and goals and objectives as well as the SWOT method of analysis.