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Resource: The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Playbook


I am thrilled to share The Emerging Leaders Playbook – you can download here.  It offers a comprehensive guide for emerging leaders and their mentors to help them make sense of the changing nature of leadership. The Playbook offers practical tools grounded in research, and accompanied by systems of support to guide reflection, growth, and organizational best practices.   It is part of a project funded by the Packard Foundation that also includes an intensive peer learning program for emerging leaders and their mentors.

I am honored to have worked with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies to develop the Playbook.   I am using the Playbook to design and facilitate the peer learning sessions.  I have been and will continue to share reflections and insights about this approach to leadership development for emerging leaders and their mentors on my blog.    Here’s a few recent posts:

If you are an emerging nonprofit leader or mentoring one, what are your burning questions and most needed professional development topics?   Please suggest ideas for future blog post.

16 Responses

  1. Amare Worku says:

    Thanks, this is really nice to adapt to demands of the environment we we work with. I really need specific resources on best experiences around succession plans and how it has worked best in the NGO/CSO sector.

    Many thanks for your support in this area.

  2. Andreas M. Strandgaard says:

    Dear Beth,

    As a student into leadership and NGO’s I am obviously very curious about the availability of this book.
    When and where can I buy it?

    Thank you very much!

  3. Shivangi says:

    Hello Beth,

    As a lifelong learner, I am keen to study your work with the Packard foundation.
    Can you please send me a link to buy the book?

  4. Beth says:

    Hi Everyone,

    It isn’t a book, it is an e-book and it’s free. Just click on the link to download it

  5. Diana says:

    looking forward to it. Thanks Beth. You’re blog is regularly super informative

  6. Marion Conway says:

    Wow! This looks like an incredible resource for free!

  7. This is an amazing resource! It bang on in every respect and the links to further resources are relevant and readable. I would love to use this as a foundation for an online course for nonprofit leaders in the sector I work in. Is that a possibility?

  8. Beth says:

    Jamie, it is! Well, in the pilot phases right now. We’re using conference calls, webinars, online coaching pods, virtual discussions for a six-month peer group. We’re in the midst of it now, but will certainly have some ideas about how to do this. One challenge, of course, is some of the these skills are really best practiced and taught face-to-face …

  9. Hi Beth,

    I develop online and blending learning for a specific sector within the nonprofit sector. Agree wholeheartedly some of this is best face-to-face for sure. And some of it is best online – more time for reflection and processing. I would really like to use this to develop an online, sector specific course. What is the copyright or CC restrictions around use? I know what it on you blog but can’t find anything on the playbook specifically.

  10. Beth says:


    We developed so that folks would use it to develop trainings! So, it is creative commons type licensing — cite the source.

    BTW, I would love to see your outline as I’ve been training on these topics using the Playbook for the past six months and would love to see how others might use too!! Keep me in your loop.

  11. Awesome! You know I luv you – not in a creepy stalkerish way – in a wow what a cool chick and I aspire to be like – way 🙂

    I’ll make sure I invite you into the first round. It will be in Moodle. Perhaps you could be a guest “expert” for a week? That would be so amazing for us.



  12. Beth says:

    Jamie, let’s take this conversation to an email or maybe a skype call.

  13. Deb Turner says:

    Hi Beth,
    This is really terrific stuff. I would love to chat with you about a project that I work on where this material could be incredibly helpful. Let me know when you have about 45 minutes to chat.

  14. Katy says:

    This looks like an amazing resource, thank you so much for pulling this together! I am hoping to download and print it to read–it says the report is downloadable but I’m only seeing it as tricky-to-read slides. Would you mind giving download instructions? thank you…

  15. Beth says:

    Hi Deb,

    I’ll follow up with you via email.

  16. It’s about time someone wrote about this.