Are you tired, a bit listless? Maybe the demands of the job seem ever more burdensome, or the board seems increasingly dissatisfied, or the retirement clock is ticking. Do you need more than a megavitamin? Even better is this advice from Tim Wolfred, a pioneer and leader in the field of nonprofit executive transitions, as he helps executives weigh both the organization's needs, and the needs of their own heart:
Executive directors don't have term limits. Although some executives are fired or forced out by boards, most executives make the determination themselves of when and how to leave. Like other life decisions, it takes awhile to come to the decision to leave, or arrive at the decsion to stay.
So how can you tell if it's time to leave? Based on research and consulting with hundreds of nonprofit executives struggling with this question, we've developed six indicators -- each with some follow-up steps -- to help you with your thinking process.
Do one or more of these statements resonate with you?
1. I keep returning to this thought: the organization needs to go in a new direction (or to a new level) and I'm not the right person for it.
This is the most common reason given by executive directors who have . . .