Congratulations on becoming an Executive Director!
The world of associations, chambers of commerce, and nonprofits is an incredible world in which to lead. Every day is different. From meetings and events to membership growth and retention, to more meetings and even more emails, we want to help you prepare for this roller coaster.
It is our sincere hope that we can offer the advice and guidance you need to get started. Always remember the mission of your organization and the loyalty of your volunteers, and don't be afraid to call on your peers. Other Executive Directors in the nonprofit community are often your best source of support and advice. We have all been where you are now and are happy to help.
We strongly recommend you join and get involved in your professional association--your state/national association for executives, state/national chamber professionals association, or state/national nonprofit council. Participating in programs and events with your peers will keep you on top of emerging trends, legislative issues that could affect your organization, and new membership growth, engagement, and retention ideas.
Keep learning, attending professional development luncheons, and watching webinars. Your calendar is going to seem overwhelming at times; however, making time for professional development is critical to your success as a leader. Consider attaining a designation or a micro-credential to enhance your competence and credibility.
This book is an easy read. It was written as a resource guide, not a book you need to sit down and read front to back. There are sample documents, links to resources, hints, tips, and success stories. Let us help you be successful in your leadership role.
Dot Miller, CAE and Sam Miller