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Leadership Development

A conversation with Dallas Black Dance Theatre founder, Ann Williams.  

One Spirit, Many Voices

  A conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance founder, Cleo Parker Robinson.

Building a Future for Black Dance

  A conversation with Philadanco! founder, Joan Myers Brown.

Necessity of Grit

  International Association of Blacks in Dance board member, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, talks about her experience…

Why we do it

And why you should too. When you’ve been around for as long as we have,…

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

While it’s important to learn and get advice from those who’ve come before us, it’s also important to realize our paths are our own. There is no one-way path to success and fulfillment in your career.

The Career Path of a Nonprofit Generalist

Our sector needs those that are passionate about making a difference, no matter what it is. These are the generalists.

Clarity & Observation

CC ilike via Flickr Developing a career plan was natural for me, as I was…

Training Today

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of career paths on our ArtsJournal…

The Leader and The Manager: A Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Conversation

Photo by Olivier Carré-Delisle via Flickr The conversations that took place between the participants in…

Leadership

Creative Community Tools National Arts Strategies has developed a set of lessons to help cultural…

The Young and the Restless: Taking the Right Career Path

As an emerging leader, the road to professional success seems long and confusing. We experience the daily tension of being where we are with where we want to be. Particularly in a recovering economy, more young leaders are in jobs where they feel over-qualified and underpaid. It can be frustrating, but are we really as far off as we feel?

The Case for Cultural Fluency

Mikel Ellcessor introduces the concept of Cultural Fluency as a means for establishing genuine community connections.

Making the Argument for Leadership Development

Linda Wood, Senior Director of the Haas Leadership Initiative at the Evelyn and Walter Haas,…

Change Leadership Lessons in the Gettysburg Address

Nancy Koehn (Harvard Business School professor and faculty for the NAS Chief Executive Program) speaks about leadership lessons in the iconic speech.

Getting Unstuck: Developing Skills to Climb the Leadership Ladder

My advice to early-career arts managers is not to get stuck waiting around for someone to pass you an opportunity, but to go right out and ask for it

Creating the 21st Century Board

Editor’s note: Over the next two weeks, we’ll feature posts around the final convening of…

Emerging Leaders and Board Membership: Finding the Right Fit

Fielding Grasty, NAS Director of Programs, shares some tips and advice for emerging leaders interested in gaining governance experience.

Board Membership: Finding the Right Fit

As an emerging leader, it can be difficult finding a nonprofit board to join. I…

Avoiding Brain Freeze: Wellness in the Workplace

CC image by kroszk@ Working in the arts can be extremely stressful. Coordinating exhibits, performances…

The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders

This report of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders summarizes the discussion and includes links to video interviews with fellows and a visual diary of the event by fellow and comics artist Paola Gaviria.

What is the role of an arts and culture leader in today’s society?

Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty, suggests that arts leaders are best equipped to shape the future.

How can leaders balance bold leadership and crowdsourcing?

Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, suggests that organizations can get information from their customers to inform programming without giving away the ability to make their own programming choices.

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…

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.

When Business Meets Culture: Ideas and Experiences for Mutual Profit

In this book, eight academics look at the strategic, cultural, and marketing parallels between for…

How leadership matters: The effects of leaders’ alignment on strategy implementation

A short research publication about how leaders influence the implementation of strategic initiatives and the…

Outcome vs Process Oriented Thinking

Research on decision making in consumer behavior, perhaps with broader implications for nonprofits.

Rework

The book is divided into short segments with titles such as “Workaholism” and “Reasons to quit” and one of my favorites, “Emulate chefs.” So, if you need a break from the holiday food frenzy or from your great stack of reading, try this book.

The biology of business: Homo administrans

An interesting article on the science of management

Why Bosses Ought to Be More Interested in What is True Than What is New

With the ever-increasing temptation to focus on what’s new, it’s important to remember that most of our challenges (and their solutions) are not so new.

What’s a Children’s Chorus Leader to Do?

A case study on board leadership and organizational growth, featuring a response by NAS CEO Gail Crider.

How does a leader effect change in his organization?

Mike Yankovich, President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver, shares his insights about how a leader can motivate and build consensus when leading change.

How to Translate Training into Results

A brief but interesting note regarding justifying the expense – and evaluating the effectiveness of – leadership development programs.

What are the qualities of a strong arts leader?

Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant, discusses what makes a successful arts executive.

What are the three most interesting trends in the arts and culture field?

Sally Sterling, an executive search consultant within Spencer Stuart, discusses trends in arts organizations.

The Smart Marketplace: Bridging the Gaps in Arts Leadership Training

Many discussions about the field’s leadership gap focus on two general impressions: there are not enough prospective leaders or there aren’t enough professional development opportunities – but is it that simple?

Start With Why, Simon Sinek

I recently heard Simon speak at a Dance NYC conference, and his book is as good a review of the importance of mission (although that’s not what it is about) as any I have ever read. You can watch him on TEDx and get a taste of his thinking.

Future Leadership Survey Results

The question of who will lead our cultural institutions in the future is being widely discussed in our field: this survey is a small but informative sample of the field on the needs of the future leaders.

Anatomy of a Leader

Former NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor interviewed Peter Gelb for the Fall 2007…