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Do You Have What it Takes to be an Effective Executive Director?

I recently came across this article from Business News Daily; which was a write up from research conducted by The Creative Group.

They say that the five key traits that people should work on to "climb the ladder" are as follows:

Vision: Having a sharp understanding of where your business is going is essential. To be a great leader, you need to have a clear vision of the future and be able to inspire others toward your, and the company's, goals.

Focus: To be an effective manager you need to be able to focus on the end goals. It's critical that you know when to sacrifice short-term wins to pursue bigger-picture objectives.

Creativity: You can't be afraid of changing how things are run. Some of the most successful leaders have the ability to change up established business practices and develop a culture of smart risk-taking. Your desire to advance the company should outweigh your fear of failure.

Flexibility: Good managers are agile and can pivot at a moment's notice to take advantage of opportunities as they arise

Resilience: There are times things aren't going to go your way and you fail on a project or task. The best bosses can bounce back from those defeats and turn a setback into a positive.

What does this mean to the not-for-profit world?

That Executive Directors need to be able to multi-task, keep positive, and pretty much be all things to all people.  Do you have what it takes?  Is there anything missing from this list?

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