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Managing Leadership Transition for Nonprofits: Passing the Torch to Sustain Organizational Excellence by Laura Watkins, Susan Egmont, Barry Dym

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3. Mission, Vision, and Effective Leadership

When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.

Beginning with Mission and Vision

The fundamental challenge for all leaders is to align their organizations in the service of their mission and vision, reflected in concrete objectives, realized in strategically developed operations, embedded in culture, and exemplified in their own being.

Leadership, then, begins with mission and vision. These “soft” disciplines steady, orient, and drive the leader. When taken seriously, they provide discipline, inspiration, and guideposts for everything organizations do.

Individual leaders must be clear about their own and their ...

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