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The Eight Tactics Of Supercharged Leadership


An effective leader has strategies and practices to inspire, guide, and empower individuals and teams to achieve the organization’s shared mission and goals.  Tactics should involve deliberate and purposeful actions to create a positive organizational culture, foster collaboration, and drive results in pursuit of the organization’s mission and vision. These tactics encompass a range of behaviors, skills, and approaches that enable leaders to inspire, motivate, and support staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to fulfill the organization’s purpose and achieve meaningful impact.

The eight key leadership tactics for nonprofit organizations

1. Vision and Strategy

    1. Articulate vision: Clearly communicate the organization’s vision, purpose, and long-term goals to inspire and align stakeholders around a shared sense of purpose and direction.
    2. Develop Strategic Plans: Collaboratively develop and implement strategic plans that outline actionable goals, priorities, and strategies for achieving the organization’s mission and advancing its impact.

2. Relationship Building

    1. Stakeholder Engagement: Build strong relationships with stakeholders, including board members, staff, volunteers, donors, partners, and the community, based on trust, transparency, and mutual respect.
    2. Active Listening: Practice active listening and empathy to understand the needs, perspectives, and aspirations of stakeholders, and incorporate their input into decision-making and strategy development.

3. Team Development

    1. Empowerment: Empower and delegate responsibilities to staff and volunteers, providing them with autonomy, authority, and support to take ownership of their work and contribute to organizational goals.
    2. Professional Development: Invest in staff training, mentoring, and professional development opportunities to enhance skills, knowledge, and capacity-building for individual growth and organizational effectiveness.

4. Communication and Transparency

    1. Open communication: Foster a culture of open communication and transparency, where information is shared freely, feedback is encouraged, and decisions are communicated clearly and effectively.
    2. Regular Updates: Provide regular updates and progress reports to stakeholders on organizational activities, achievements, challenges, and impact, to maintain engagement and accountability.

5. Adaptability and Innovation

    1. Adapt to Change: Embrace change and uncertainty as opportunities for growth and innovation, and encourage a culture of flexibility, resilience, and adaptability among staff and volunteers.
    2. Encourage Innovation: Encourage creativity, experimentation, and risk-taking to explore new approaches, technologies, and solutions that address evolving needs and challenges in the community.

6. Ethical Leadership

    1. Integrity: Lead with integrity, honesty, and ethical principles, modeling behavior that reflects the organization’s values and promotes trust and credibility among stakeholders.
    2. Accountability: Hold oneself and others accountable for ethical conduct, compliance with laws and regulations, and adherence to organizational policies and standards.

7. Collaboration and Partnership

    1. Partnership Building: Cultivate strategic partnerships and collaborations with other organizations, stakeholders, and community groups to leverage resources, share expertise, and amplify impact.
    2. Cross-Sector Collaboration: Foster collaboration across sectors, including government, business, academia, and civil society, to address complex social challenges and achieve collective impact.

8. Results Orientation

    1. Focus on Impact: Maintain a results-oriented mindset, prioritizing outcomes and impact over activities and outputs, and regularly evaluate progress towards organizational goals and objectives.
    2. Data-informed Decision Making: Utilize data, evidence, and metrics to inform decision-making, measure performance, and continuously improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.


By implementing effective leadership tactics, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders can inspire, motivate, and empower individuals and teams to work collaboratively towards common goals, drive innovation and impact, and advance the organization’s mission to create positive change in the community.

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