Do Your Board & Staff Members Feel Valued?

July 17, 2013

Nonprofit work can be extremely rewarding. As many of us have discovered, it can also be very challenging.

We deal with tough problems. We could do so much more with more people, more funding. We live in a world where reaching consensus plays a much bigger role than it does in a for-profit enterprise.

And of course, there’s the ongoing, unrelenting, and constantly debated issue of compensation.

Some positions in the nonprofit sector are widely regarded as revolving doors, with new hires in and out after just 6 months or a year on the job.

The hiring process plays a critical point in these issues, but making people feel valued in their roles is equally important so they stay with our organizations.

I just read this article in Forbes and loved it. It’s not about rewards, compensation or flowery kudos. Rather, Avery Augustine focuses on four ways you can be an authentic leader with your people, really making them feel valued:

  1. Be intentional with everyday conversations.
  2. Show them that others need them too.
  3. Challenge them.
  4. Recognize them as individuals.

Take a few minutes to read the full article–it’s short and meaningful!

What makes you feel valued in your position?

-Susie Bowie
Community Foundation of Sarasota County


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