Professional Development

Jun 13, 2011 by in Professional Development

These are the key findings from Daring to Lead 2011 related to professional development. For more information, download Inside the Executive Director Job: Daring to Lead Brief 2.

Effectiveness of Strategies Used—Of all professional development strategies utilized, executives were most likely to rate executive coaching, peer networks, and leadership programs as very effective.Effectiveness Ratings of Professional Development Activities Utilized

Mentorship—Thirteen percent (13%) of executives reported that they are in an explicit mentoring relationship (as the mentor) with another executive director.

Coaching—Ten percent (10%) of leaders were currently working with an executive coach.

Funding—Eighteen percent (18%) of executives reported receiving philanthropic support for their personal development within the past three years.


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3 Responses to “Professional Development”

  1. Marla Cornelius

    14. Jul, 2011

    Please join me and Leadership Learning Community for this upcoming webinar, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 11:00AM-12:00 Noon PDT.

    Daring to Lead 2011: Leadership Development & Support for Nonprofit Leaders

    Executives’ use of coaching, peer networks, and leadership development programs are on the rise and are ranked the top three most effective strategies by executive directors for leadership development and support. And while shared leadership is a common value among the vast majority of nonprofit executives, many find it challenging to put these values into practice through organizational systems and structures. These findings are among those reported in Daring to Lead 2011 CompassPoint’s recent study of over 3000 nonprofit executives nationwide. Join us for a discussion of the report’s findings, implications, and the actions that nonprofit leaders, funders, and capacity builders can take to better support executives and the organizations they dare to lead.

    Register here:

    Marla Cornelius

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  2. Janis Von Culin

    04. Aug, 2011

    I see that I missed this Webinar. Will you be doing it again?

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  3. Marla Cornelius

    05. Aug, 2011

    Sorry that you missed the webinar, however the group that hosted this session, Leadership Learning Community (LLC), has posted the slides on their website.

    You can find this webinar- and a wealth of other leadership resources– at

    Marla Cornelius

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