Fundraising Connection: 6 Nonprofit Leadership Learnings
We almost always want the people closest to the situation to think things through, not blindly obey directives from above.
Rich believes that the whisper of the CEO is actually heard more loudly than the shouts of others. So he wisely counsels us to cultivate this whisper, especially when under stress. People who are afraid can't think straight or creatively. So let's keep things calm enough so people can think well and solve problems effectively. It's better for our organizations and helps people develop critical thinking skills.
6. Can't cut yourself to greatness
We all have to regularly make sure we're being efficient. Cutting costs where we can while increasing revenue can be a recipe for success. But just cutting costs is usually a short-term fix. You can't cut yourself to greatness. Greatness usually requires growth.
If you embody—and model—these six principles, your entire organization can be more successful.