The Top 12 Trends in CEO Leadership Development

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The Top 12 Trends in CEO Leadership Development


What are the top trends you should be discussing with your Chief Executive Officer? Which are critical to your organization? Which are on track? How do you identify and discuss?

 This week we asked ChatGPT for some insights. Here is the synthesis from trolling the research, with slight editing for form and format.


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 1. Emphasis on Adaptive Leadership: Not-for-profit leaders are required to navigate complex and rapidly changing environments. Adaptive leadership development focuses on equipping leaders with the skills to thrive in uncertainty, make informed decisions, and lead their organizations through change.


2. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Leadership: Not-for-profits are recognizing the importance of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in their leadership teams. Leadership development programs are incorporating training on unconscious bias, cultural competency, and inclusive decision-making.


3. Digital and Technology Proficiency: Technology is playing an increasingly important role in not-for-profit operations. Leadership development programs are addressing the need for leaders to understand and leverage digital tools, data analytics, and online communication platforms.


4. Collaborative Leadership Skills: Many not-for-profit challenges are complex and require collaboration with other organizations, sectors, and stakeholders. Leadership development is focusing on teaching leaders how to build and manage partnerships effectively.


5. Resilience and Well-being: Not-for-profit leaders often face high levels of stress and burnout due to the demands of their roles. Leadership development programs are incorporating strategies for building personal resilience, managing stress, and maintaining work-life balance.


6. Human-Centered Leadership: Effective not-for-profit leaders are focusing on human-centered approaches to management. This includes empathetic communication, active listening, and a genuine commitment to the well-being of staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries.

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7. Customized Development Plans: One-size-fits-all leadership development is being replaced by more tailored approaches. Organizations are recognizing the unique strengths and areas for growth of their leaders and providing personalized development plans.


8. Continuous Learning and Lifelong Development: Leadership development is seen as an ongoing journey rather than a one-time event. Not-for-profit leaders are encouraged to engage in continuous learning, seek feedback, and adapt their leadership styles over time.


9. Succession Planning and Talent Pipeline Development: Not-for-profits are focusing on building a pipeline of future leaders. Leadership development programs include succession planning and mentorship components to ensure a smooth transition of leadership roles.


10. Global Leadership Skills: In an increasingly interconnected world, not-for-profit leaders are being prepared to address global challenges and collaborate with diverse international partners.


11. Storytelling and Communication Skills: Effective communication is crucial for not-for-profit leaders to convey their organization's mission, impact, and needs. Leadership development programs are incorporating training on storytelling, public speaking, and media relations.


12. Ethical Leadership and Values Alignment: Not-for-profit leaders are expected to uphold high ethical standards and align their decisions with the organization's values. Leadership development focuses on cultivating ethical decision-making skills.


These trends reflect the evolving needs of the not-for-profit sector and the broader changes in society. To stay current, your CEO should consider attending leadership development programs, participating in webinars and conferences, networking with other not-for-profit leaders, and seeking guidance from professionals who specialize in not-for-profit leadership and management.



OpenAI. (2023, August 14). [ChatGPT's response to a prompt about trends in not-for-profit leadership development]. Accessed 2023, August 14.


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