One of the key responsibilities of a board is ensuring that in the event of an expected or unexpected leadership transition – the organization is prepared. This section provides practical guidance on preparing for and successfully navigating a leadership transition.
Preparing for Change
A basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the board is a good place to start in any recruitment and orientation activities
A list of some key documents and processes nonprofits should have in place in order to manage a leadership transition successfully
This resource from Common Good Ventures outlines 10 steps for developing your emergency succession plan before you need it.
Much of the work of the board is accomplished by standing committees or ad hoc work groups. This document describes several types of committees.
Adapt this template for an emergency succession planning policy to your organization's needs.
Common Good Ventures shared this sample policy for emergency leadership transition.
Use this survey template to get feedback from key stakeholders during the leadership transition process.
Common Good Ventures offers up this tool to collect and organize all of the information critical to keeping our organization operating smoothly in the event of an unexpected departure of key leadership.
Common Good Ventures offers up 10 questions the board needs to ask during an emergency transition in leadership.
Even when it doesn't happen in an emergency situation, the transition from one leader to another should be planned carefully.