Executive Directors Guide

Better Leaders, Better Nonprofits, a Better World

The Guide for Successful Nonprofit Management

Written by Deborah Linnell, Zora Radosevich and Jonathan Spack, the Executive Directors Guide: The Guide for Successful Nonprofit Management is loaded with practical, real-world information to help executive directors create and sustain healthy, effective organizations. The guide also includes examples and advice on collaborating to build a robust nonprofit sector.

The how-to publication is inspired by the Executive Directors Guide published by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay over 20 years ago. It retains the original’s emphasis on leading with a view to maximizing stakeholder participation in vision creation, strategy development, decision making and implementation. 

Download a free sample chapter from the Executive Directors Guide on nonprofit executive leadership, which discusses:

  • The concept of leadership
  • Various leadership competencies, styles, and models
  • Participatory, partnership-based leadership
  • The role of self-reflection in leadership
  • Maintaining a work-life balance that helps you lead successfully


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What's Inside: Executive Directors Guide Table of Contents

  • Leadership
  • Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Program Development
  • Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning and Thinking
  • Governance
  • Fund Development
  • Public Relations
  • Community Development and Government Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Management
  • Technology Planning
  • Managing Change