Can Transformative Leaders Succeed on a Nonprofit Board?
By Eugene Fram
According to Malcolm Gladwell, noted writer and analyst, people who drive transformation share three traits: courage, the ability to reframe problems and a sense of urgency “It is not enough,” he continues, “to have ideas— but (you must have) the discipline to carry them out. One has to tune out the naysayers and the rest of the world.”
Gladwell’s reported verbiage on the subject fairly crackles with energy and initiative, just the ticket for nonprofit boards who want to recruit and maintain engaged directors. But–not so fast—change is tough in the slow-paced nonprofit environment. CEOs and boards alike should look at Gladwell’s power markers in the context of the typical nonprofit culture.