Leadership transitions are happening at an increasing rate throughout our region. With the sheer number of senior leaders in the for-impact sector on the verge of retiring or rewiring their careers, the longer we can hold on to vibrant, engaged, lifelong-learning, humble and optimistic executive directors the more likely we’ll be able to experience durable positive social and environmental impact.
At the same time, long-serving leaders like me often ask themselves the question of when they should leave and make room for another. On the plus side, transitions give us a chance for new leaders to make progress and excite us by putting their lived experience and academic skills to the task.
Two leaders I know in our region have demonstrated an even better example of how leaders can both make room and stay engaged.