People-Centered Leadership: A Toolkit for Incoming CEOs and the Board Chairs Supporting Them
Board chairs and incoming CEOs can work together to give their partnership strong roots.
The first few months in a CEO’s role are a vital time. Whether this is the CEO’s first time or tenth time in a senior-most leadership role, the learning curve for each role is steep, but an intentional process can help. This toolkit guides an incoming CEO and their board chair partner in the critical first phase of the CEO’s leadership in an organization. Starting with a strong and supportive relationship between the board chair and the CEO can set up the incoming leader and the organization for long-term success.
The toolkit has three parts, which may be read all together or separately:
Rooting Your Leadership: A People-Centered Tool for Incoming CEOs
Planting Strong Leadership: A People-Centered Tool for Board Chairs Supporting Incoming CEO
The Leadership Covenant: People-Centered Conversation Guide for Incoming CEOs and their Board Chairs
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Pass the Torch: Succession Planning for Founding CEOs and their Boards
Designed with founding CEOs and their boards in mind, Pass The Torch is a starting point for effective succession. Whether the leadership transition is years or months away and whether the Board knows when it’s coming or is planning for the inevitable, succession planning can be healthy, robust, and enable the organization’s long-term health.
CEO Succession: Case Studies of Excellence from the Jewish Nonprofit Sector
These case studies offer a candid, personal look at the inner workings of CEO transition processes at six major Jewish organizations.
How to Create a CEO Performance Evaluation
This resource lays out six steps for boards and leaders to create and implement a formal executive evaluation process.