Being a leader is no easy feat, especially if you are leading an association in a volunteer role. At times, you may feel overwhelmed with your duties as chair and your daily life responsibilities; at others, you may be excited about the possibility your role has to make an impact.
Thankfully, there are endless resources out there to help you become the best leader you can be. In this post, we will share our favorites to keep in your toolbox as you navigate your leadership position.
- LinkedIn Learning: LinkedIn’s professional development platform has emerged as a leading resource for professionals everywhere. Their library is massive, with shorter, bite-sized content ranging from “how to be more inclusive as a leader” to leading virtually. A few courses worth mentioning are “Leadership Foundations: Leadership Styles and Models,” “Developing your Creativity as a Leader,” and “Navigating Politics as a Senior Leader.”
- BoardSource: BoardSource was created with the goal of supporting those in the nonprofit community. The organization conducts research, maintains a database of consultants, and provides regular content to help you navigate your role as a member or leader. A great place to start is their resource page organized by topics such as strategy, executive transition and recruitment.
- ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership offers a wide range of resources relevant to association leadership. Under their resource tab, they have content divided out by topic such as leadership succession, diversity equity and inclusion, and organization culture. Many of these articles are available at no cost.
- Harvard Business Review: While HBR publishes a wide array of topics beyond board leadership, they offer a great subsection featuring articles about leadership. It’s a practical resource for catching up on leadership trends rather than more specific how-to guides.
- Our current favorites? “The Best Leaders Have Contagious Positive Energy” and another “Research: More Powerful People Express Less Gratitude.”
- Better Boards: Better Boards is a podcast all about creating the best board you can. They offer semi-monthly episodes featuring Ivy League academics and seasoned board leaders.
A strong leader is constantly learning and growing and with the plethora of resources available at low cost or for free, it is now easier than ever for you to tune into a podcast or a video and pick up some tips on how to be an even more effective leader. Save these links and consider blocking out an hour or two a week for professional development – you might be surprised at how far it takes you.