3 Keys to Effective Nonprofit Leadership (John Bennett)

August 2021

The study of nonprofit leadership requires the review of a wide array of topics, skills and experiences, especially as you try to identify the keys to success in the philanthropic sector. Where can you turn for advice on ways to improve your leadership skills?  Well, to assure a deeper dive into these sometimes intangible leadership factors, John Bennett proved to be the perfect guest on episode #117 of the Path Podcast to offer practical advice on the three distinct elements on which you should focus as a nonprofit leader.  John brings three decades of leadership experience, including his current writing, research and teaching on the subject of leadership.  

"Great leaders not only seek feedback for themselves, but create a culture that encourages feedback throughout the organization."



Dr. John Bennett is a professor of business and behavioral science and director of graduate programs for the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. He holds the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Chair of Leadership. As director of graduate programs, he leads and manages the school's M.B.A. and M.S. in talent and organization development programs as well as the four concentrations and graduate certificates. As a faculty member, he teaches graduate courses in executive coaching, leadership, and interpersonal and group dynamics. He has nearly 30 years of industry experience, including work as C.E.O. of an American Red Cross biomedical services division, where he led pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations, and the development and delivery of essential human services. As an executive coach and consultant, Dr. Bennett helps individuals, teams, and organizations in a variety of industries prepare for and excel through change. He has written two books: Leading the Edge of Change and The Essential Network. His consulting and executive coaching clients include for-profit and not-for-profit, organizations, and he is actively involved in multiple professional organizations. He was named a charter Fellow in The Lewin Center and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.