For years, nonprofit leaders have questioned the utility of traditional models of top-down staff leadership structures. But the growing body of research on alternatives – from co-directorship to distributed leadership to self-organizing teams – has been difficult to sort through. In this highly participatory session, participants will explore emerging models, the research on what works (and what doesn’t), and how capacity builders can help organizations adopt leadership structures that work. As the session exercises build upon the previous ones, participants are asked to attend the full session.
Session offered at the 2015 conference of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management by Mike Allison (Michael Allison Consulting), Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (Building Movement Project), and Max Freund (LF Leadership).