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This post was the result of the efforts of several members of the staff

VUCA

VUCA is an acronym used to describe situations or environments with high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

Job Crafting

The Job Crafting™ Exercise, discussed at the 2018 NAS Summit, helps you make your job…

Project Implicit

Project Implicit is a collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.

IABD Founders on Community & Collaboration

Members of the International Association of Blacks in Dance founders, Joan Myers Brown, Lulu Washington and Cleo Parker Robinson, talk about community and collaboration.

What’s in your box?

Many arts organizations and artists have started these community supported art programs to showcase and support…

You Need a Community, Not a Network

An HBR article on the importance of strong leadership in guiding community building and the amazing things that can happen when a network transforms into a community.

The Art of Attachment

ArtPlace America also defines ‘community’ as inherently place-based in their 4 principles of successful creative…

Arts as Ends, Means, and Everything In Between

In this article, Lyz Crane, Deputy Director of ArtPlace America, dives into the field of arts-based community development – from the practitioner and researcher point of view.

About the collection

Twenty-one articles on leadership that the Getty Leadership Institute and NAS have identified specifically for busy arts and cultural professionals.

Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations

The book is intended to be a guidebook for leading nonprofit organizations rather than a handbook of nonprofit leadership or management.

Managing the Arts: Leadership and Decision Making under Dual Rationalities

The dual functions of guiding artistic or educational activities and an organization’s administration fosters structural complexity, competing sets of goals, multiple stakeholder claims and values in some tension with one another.

Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe

Making change in communities requires civic capacity. Power is wielded not only by elected politicians,…

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit

Sustainable performing arts organizations understand their audiences.  Sustainable museums understand their visitors. Audiences and visitors…

The Marketization of the Nonprofit Sector: Civil Society at Risk?

In this journal article, authors Elkenberry and Drapal Kluver examine the threat that “marketization” poses to democracy and citizenship.

Mission Impact: Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits

In order to discuss strategy intelligently in the nonprofit sector, we must first understand what…

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer

A short read—an essay really—this piece adapts the principles of Good to Great to the nonprofit sector.

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization

Airport bookstores are filled with the latest answers from management gurus. None have enjoyed anything…

Designing for Growth

Jeanne Liedtka has been a hugely successful faculty member of the Getty Leadership Institute’s flagship…

Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World

The environment shared by for-profits and nonprofits has remarkable similarities: a global economy afflicted with…

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

Dean Williams is a writer and scholar with significant international experience (he served for five…

The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation

The chapter “Pain” from Robert Grudin’s book approaches leadership and innovation from a rarely-discussed perspective.…

Leadership Without Easy Answers

Some of the greatest achievements in history have been brought about by people who were…

The Transformational Model of Leadership

James MacGregor Burns revolutionized leadership studies in 1978 with the concept of transformational leadership. In…

4 Practices serve as Pillars for Adult Learning: Learning-oriented leadership offers a promising way to support growth

This journal article is a brief and accessible look at the author’s research in adult learning.

Creating High-Impact Nonprofits

This is a study of twelve high performing nonprofits, all in existence for more than ten years, organizations that faced similar social, political and economic circumstances.

Being the Boss: the 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

The book is a distillation of Linda Hill’s almost 30 years at Harvard Business School (HBS) where she has studied what effective managers do and how they do it.

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

The book is based on the work of a core research team who asked, “What are the crucial differences between intelligence diminishers and intelligence multipliers and what impact does each have on organizations?”

Leading with Passion: Change Management in the 21st Century Museum

Based on her extensive interviews with 42 directors of international art museums, Dr. Suchy describes a four-part leadership model that could apply equally to all cultural organizations.

Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges

In the chapter, “The Transition Challenge: Moving from One System of Values to Another,” Dean Williams outlines the necessary steps in orchestrating a transition.

Leadership and the Psychology of Turnarounds

This short article provides managers with a quick look at methods that can be used both restoratively and preventatively to create an open, respectful and productive organizational culture.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Joanna Naftali, Executive Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, discusses the challenges of leading change in a small arts organization as a new executive.

NAS and the Getty Leadership Institute: Cultural Organizations and Changing Leisure Trends

In May 2007, the Getty Leadership Institute and National Arts Strategies brought together leaders from…