Leading Nonprofits During Covid-19

Mon, May 18, 2020 at 8:25AM

Hardy Smith, Nonprofit Consultant & Speaker

Isn’t it reassuring to see the nonprofit sector collaboratively engaged identifying best courses of action as we work to cope with Covid-19?

My continuing series of curated resources encourages organizations to take advantage of the excellent advice that is being shared.

Here are three priority categories with how-to guidance for dealing with the Covid-19 challenge.

Thank you to each of the excellent sources being shared for your valuable insight.

Self-care:

With all of the pressure on leaders it is important for your personal well-being to practice good self-care. It is also important to your mission and those you lead that you make taking care of yourself a priority.

  • In her recent article, Hildy Gottlieb has excellent insight on fear and how the brain reacts.
  • This blog post from SMA Healthcare addresses the mental health aspects of Covid-19. 
  • Hardy’s Golden Rule for Nonprofit Leaders blog post encourages leaders to do for themselves what they do for others.

Leadership:

Leaders must adapt their approach in times of uncertainty and disruption to fit the circumstances. Here are tips for making leadership adjustments.

  • This article by Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon in Fast Company shows how leaders can best set priorities during the coronavirus crisis.
  • "Leading during a pandemic," an article by Mark Athitakis in Associations Now, provides guidance for crisis leadership.

Planning Next Steps

  • How far ahead should you be thinking? Asks Mark Athitakis in this articlein Associations Now.

  • This article published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review was written by Amy Celep, Megan Coolidge, and Lori Bartczak. The team outlines three things nonprofits should prioritize right now.

See my previous resource lists for further leadership guidance:

This is a time to take action. Use these curated resources and the shared how-tos to help move your nonprofit forward.

Please share how you’re leading your nonprofit during Covid-19. I encourage your comments below.

Please stay safe.


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