Art of Hiring Leaders Speaks to All Nonprofits
Offered as a guide to nonprofits, The Art of Hiring Leaders does just that in 174 pages packed with advice, check lists, and how-tos that will be helpful to boards or search committees embarking on their first search, those who have done it before but were not satisfied, as well as those who cant afford to hire a consultant. It also works for organizations of all sizes.
Gilvar, a Boston-based executive search consultant for more than two decades, writes a wholly practical book, starting with a definition of terms, including constituents,” selection process,” semi-finalists,” and references.”
Gilvar appropriately devotes significant attention to the boards role in the process, as the board will drive the search in nearly every organization. Writing from experience, she notes that leadership selection often highlights existing problems, shortcomings that can work for or against the search process.
It may be tempting for a board to assume that the new leader can fix everything, but good candidates may be wary of an organization that is waiting for deliverance,” she writes.
Addressing problems although perhaps not solving them, instead of waiting for a new leader to solve them, she says, frequently helps the board become more knowledgeable about the organization, which can even improve its attractiveness to prospective candidates.
In addition to explaining the ins and outs of writing a job description, evaluating resumes, interviewing candidates, checking references, and selecting finalists as well as the new leader, Gilvar provides important guidance on related issues. They include legal and ethical obligations and how to communicate, and with whom, during the search process.
The Art of Hiring Leaders is full of practical insights. For example:
While an offer (and hopefully an acceptance) is the end of a search process, Gilvar doesnt stop there. She provides a thoughtful final chapter on managing the transition to the new leader. As with the start of a search, the transition is very much a product of the boards involvement and commitment to success.
Ordering information for the book is available at www.theartofhiringleaders.net
Reviewed by Peter Lowy