Study after study confirms what conventional wisdom tells us—the majority of nonprofit leaders of today will not be here tomorrow (tomorrow being defined as the next 5 to 7 years.)  Current leadership positions in nonprofits are predominantly filled with members of the Baby Boom generation who will continue to transition into other types of work or retirement leaving a “leadership deficit” over the next decade that creates one of the biggest challenges facing the social sector today. 


Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • Generational similarities and differences in leadership
  • How we can be more proactive in promoting younger leaders
  • What steps must be taken to create good endings and new beginnings
  • What research tells us, reflect on core tried and true principles, and challenge our assumptions
  • Actions to take for the sake of the leaders and organizations of tomorrow


  • De Pree, Max. Leadership Is an Art. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1989.
  • De Pree, Max. Leadership Jazz. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
  • Drucker, Peter F. The Effective Executive. New York: HarperCollins, 1966. (Harper Colophon edition, paperback, 1985).
  • Drucker, Peter F. Managing the Nonprofit Organization. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
  • Hesselbein, Frances, Goldsmith, M., and Beckhard, R. (eds). The leadership of the Future. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996.
  • Collins, Jim C. Good to Great and the Social Sector. Boulder: Jim Collins, 2005
  • Brown, Cathey. CBSG® Program Facilitator Manual. Dallas: Rainbow Days, 2015
  • Hesselbein, Frances. Hesselbein on Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002
  • Brown, Brené. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. New York: Avery, 2012.

Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop