Effective CEO Transitioning/Leadership Sustainability in North American Jewish Nonprofit Organizations: A Research Study of 440 CEO's

By Steven J. Noble

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Noble Consulting Associates, Spring 2012

This report explores the nature and causes of a major challenge faced by countless North American Jewish nonprofits: effective succession planning for CEO transitioning and organizational leadership sustainability. It concludes by proposing ten practical recommendations to address this challenge.

A survey was administered to 440 CEOs in the Jewish nonprofit world to explore these transition challenges. One major finding is that the vast majority of Jewish nonprofits do not have an "in-place" emergency back-up plan to address the situation of an unforeseen event in which the CEO exits very abruptly. An even larger percentage of responding CEOs report that their organizations have no formalized succession plans. These troubling findings, and the reasons underpinning them, are cause for alarm in the Jewish community. Fortunately, they are also mandates for action. Transition management must evolve into transition leadership.

Topic: Management and Administration, NGOs, Professionalism, Professional Development, Jewish Communal Service, Workplace, Nonprofits, Leadership

Funder: Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies , Avi Chai Foundation , Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation , Jim Joseph Foundation , Meyerhoff Family Funds , Pearlstone Foundation , Phyllis Cook

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Genre: Report

Coverage: North America , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Noble, Steven J. Effective CEO Transitioning/Leadership Sustainability in North American Jewish Nonprofit Organizations: A Research Study of 440 CEO's. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),Noble Consulting Associates. Spring 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14271


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