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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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11. Introducing the New Leader

“The board courted me throughout the search process. They met my every need. Yet, three months after my arrival, we weren’t meeting quorum requirements at board meetings, and no one had time to meet with me between meetings.”

—CEO considering leaving after her first year at the organization

Integrating the New CEO into the Organization and the Community

The integration of a new CEO is an often-neglected activity. Generally, search committee and transition team members are exhausted. They just want to hand the organization over, often leaving the new CEO to sink or swim on his own, diminishing his chances for success. Alternatively, boards that have grown accustomed to their increased leadership role have trouble ...

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