Do you look at the world and see injustice, preventable suffering, lack of knowledge or hope and envision a better world?
Whether you’re motivated by faith or compassion, the fact is, anyone who wants to start a nonprofit probably fits a specific personality profile….it seems that many of us are wired that way.
Nonprofit leaders are a unique breed. “Doers” rather than “Wishers” – distinguished not so much by compassion, though it’s essential, but by action.
Men and women of action who are concerned with contributing to the world rather than getting something out of it.
Are you the type of person who looks at the problems of the world and wonders “Why isn’t someone doing something about this? There must be a solution!”
If you’re reading this, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
You’re someone who wants to step in and make an impact in the world.
You aspire to be a solution.
Being a social entrepreneur is often more of a calling than a career choice. A calling driven by new ideas and a passion for creating a better world.
However, it’s not to be taken lightly. For some people, the problem they struggle with is “How do I bring change to the world while still putting food on the table for my family?”
Starting a nonprofit from the ground up may be the hardest, yet most rewarding thing you’ll ever do. In other words, passion alone does not make a successful company.
You could be the next Michael Jordan, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pick up the ball and sink it on your first five shots.
We’ve all seen well-intentioned leaders with every early advantage try and yet fail to improve conditions for the masses.
On the other hand, there’s Mother Teresa, in possession of no wealth or high station, who changed the destiny of thousands and touched the heart of the world.
It takes a special combination of spirit and spit to make it all happen.
And, as a doer, you’ve already taken the first step in understanding what that is for you, proven by the fact that you’re reading this article.
But, you’ll need to nourish that calling by embodying the qualities of a successful nonprofit leader so you can thrive instead of merely survive.
You can learn the skills, but without the attributes you won’t get very far. So, let’s take a look at what these nonprofit executives have in common.
In summary, these people are heroes. The people you want to be around. Someone doing extraordinary work, changing the world, inspiring, and leaving a legacy.
I bet you can see yourself in these qualities. The question now is, “What will you do next?”
Jacqui Long | Yippiekiyay