Potential leaders are not necessarily the ones that know the most, but are the ones that are tied to your mission, trainable, and work well with your other staff. You can teach someone almost any procedure, tool, or day-to-day work, so when identifying potential leaders, you should focus on the attributes that are not so easily taught.
When you are identifying up-and-coming leaders within your organization, here are some traits to look for:
It turns out that many nonprofit professionals have major concerns with pursuing executive positions. Next generation nonprofit professionals are hesitant to pursue that career path due to widely held perceptions and very real issues with top leadership positions in the sector.
And we need as many quality nonprofit leaders as we can get. There is a wide leadership gap in the nonprofit sector and it is only going to get bigger if we do not address the roadblocks that are leading nonprofit professionals to accept lower positions long-term and/or leave the nonprofit sector altogether. We have the talent within our sector, but we need to address the concerns that potential leaders have about pursuing executive positions.