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The 5 Stages of a Successful Executive Search Process

by: Dennis C. Miller

As nonprofit boards grapple with the exodus of baby boomer leaders who have reached retirement age, they are faced with the need to recruit leaders who possess the competencies to successfully steer their organizations forward. An understanding of how to conduct a competitive nonprofit executive leadership search has never been more important.

“Competitive” is a keyword here. The days of posting a job in the local newspaper or even on a job board, using an outdated CEO job description and hoping that Mr. or Ms. Right will come running along is long over. Even though your outgoing CEO may have been a terrific leader during their tenure, the environment in which nonprofits operate has changed dramatically in recent years, and even greater changes are on the horizon. Top candidates with the competencies to navigate these waters are in high demand.

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