What is Collective Leadership and How Can Grantmakers Support It?

Jul 18, 2014

With growing recognition of the complexity of the issues the nonprofit sector faces, many grantmakers and nonprofits see the need for a shift to a more collective leadership style. Collective leadership assumes that leadership can come from many places in an organization or a community, rather than solely from the executive director. Not only does this form of leadership require a different skillset among nonprofit executives, but it also requires a different approach to leadership development among grantmakers. This piece highlights the ways in which collective leadership differs from traditional top-down approaches and suggests four ways grantmakers can support collective leadership.

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