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From the AICPA--7 Must Reads for Non-Profit Leaders

Posted By Don Engler, Wegmann Dazet & Company, Friday, December 16, 2016

 

Jennifer Brenner, Controller, World Vision recommends

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (2013)

 

This is a must-read for financial professionals to better understand different leadership styles and become an effective leader. The leadership teams at most not-for-profits are comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds. For example, board chairs and executive teams may come from academia, scientific research, public policy or the medical field, and may not necessarily have a corporate or business background. This book affirms the importance of emotionally intelligent leadership and illustrates leadership that is self-aware, motivating and collaborative.

 

Ashley Britton, Technical Manager, AICPA Not-for-Profit Content Development recommends

The Best of Boards: Sound Governance and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations by Kimberly Strom-Gottfried and Marci Thomas (2011)

 

Strom-Gottfried and Thomas provide advice for both novice and seasoned board members, share valuable fiduciary and ethical guidance and offer tips for not-for-profit managers dealing with governance challenges. I highly recommend this book for not-for-profit board members and finance managers in particular.

 

Jennifer Dorff, AICPA Marketing Manager—Not-for-Profit and Tax Section recommends

Strength Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (2007)

 

Strength Finder 2.0 helps individuals find their talents and change the way we think about ourselves. We are constantly receiving performance reviews where there is a focus on weaknesses, but what if we focused on our strengths and natural talents? Our department took the test, and charted our talents to help us understand our abilities as individuals and as a team. A truly enlightening read!

 

Sandi Matthews, Technical Manager, AICPA Not-for-Profit Section recommends

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam (2000)

 

Putnam draws on a vast array of facts, figures and surveys to chart behavioral patterns and analyze trends charting a steep decline in Americans’ engagement in their communities. Putnam’s research provides insights essential for community organizers, civic leaders and individuals to build trust and strengthen communities. I also recommend Putnam’s sequel Better Together: Restoring the American Community (2004), for its inspiring stories of activists who are bringing people together to make a difference.

 

Agnes McIntosh, Director, ARC Services recommends

The Non Nonprofit: For-Profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success by Steve Rothschild (2012)

 

Not-for-profit leaders who are new at their leadership role (or even those who are simply seeking a change) will find valuable, practical information in this book. It outlines seven best practices for creating a financially sustainable and socially responsible organization.

 

Heather O’Connor, AICPA Senior Manager—Communications recommends

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander (2002)

 

Running a not-for-profit requires vision, purpose and optimism. This book helps readers break through the mental mind blocks that hold us back and instead focus on opportunities and the steps to achieve them. Co-author Ben Zander draws on his own experience at not-for-profits such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra to help readers realize that tapping into possibility can transform individuals, organizations and constituents. I was truly inspired by the stories shared in this book and with the authors’ encouragement to be open to possibility.

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