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Resources Roundup: Leadership Skills

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These resources from ASAE will make you a better and more effective leader.

Books and Research

Learn about larger trends affecting association leadership and governance

ASAE ForesightWorks

ASAE’s future-focused environmental-scanning research initiative identifies 50 drivers of change important to associations. Each is described in an action brief that examines its implications and offers ideas for steps associations can take to respond to the trend. The drivers most pertinent to leadership include:

A World Reshaped by COVID. This 2021 action brief provides insights and strategies for navigating the uncertainty and pandemic-related shifts that will last through the early 2020s.

Volunteering. Cultural, demographic, and technological changes are altering volunteer expectations and experiences. This action brief looks at how associations and nonprofits are experimenting with more flexible roles and structures to support collaboration and contribution.

Benchmarking in Association Management, Policies and Procedures, Vol. 2 (2018)

Compare your association’s practices against others of similar size and type. This resource focuses on key considerations in five functional areas of association management, including governance. The data, collected from responses to the ASAE Research Foundation’s Benchmarking in Association Management surveys, gives you a firsthand look at what other organizations are doing in those areas.

Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations, 10th Anniversary Edition (2021)

By Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, CAE

An ASAE bestseller updated for a pandemic-altered world, this new edition serves as a guidebook for association staff and volunteers leading and making decisions for their organizations in a dramatically changed environment. Practical tools like worksheets, checklists, and case studies help you kick off thought-provoking discussions.

Recruit the Right Board: Proven Processes for Selecting Critical Competencies (2019)

By Mark Engle, FASAE, CAE, and William Brown

This book provides CEOs with a framework for recruitment, nomination, and selection processes to build a board with the right mix of skills, knowledge, and other characteristics to perform optimally.

Learning Opportunities

Professional development suited for association execs at every level

CEO Symposium. This program provides an opportunity for CEOs and their board officers to define annual priorities and determine how to work better together. The two-day, in-person symposium also explores challenges facing contemporary leaders and highlights the value of informed policy and strategy as primary tools of the leadership team.

Exceptional Boards. For CEOs and elected board and committee officers, this intensive workshop provides participants with the insights and resources they need to build a high-performing board that understands its role, fulfills its responsibility, demonstrates visionary leadership, and leads the organization to new heights.

Related Articles

Additional must-read content from asaecenter.org and associationsnow.com

A Path to Addressing Bias in the C-Suite. Progress is slow when it comes to women in CEO roles, according to a report. But there are signs of improvement in the boardroom.

Effective Ways to Reduce Innovation Risk. Ideas are great, but sometimes focusing on what members really need and want is a better plan. It can guide a successful journey toward driving more innovation, reducing risk, and aiming for the right goals. Here are some strategies.

How Leaders Can Promote Authenticity Without Conflict. By encouraging growth among all parties—the organization, the team, and the employees—associations can allow room for authenticity.

How to Get Past “Imposter Syndrome” and Recognize Your Own Success. Many people, especially women and people of color, experience self-doubt and think they don’t deserve the success they’ve achieved. Known as “imposter syndrome,” this view of self can be debilitating if left unchecked. Here are ways to combat it.

Why a Better Board Culture Matters. An NACD report highlights the importance of solid norms and a cohesive culture on boards. A close look at your onboarding and orientation processes can help.

Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now.

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