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Leadership Development and Employee Engagement in Nonprofits

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One of the strongest predictors for retaining a quality workforce is an employee’s level of engagement. Nonprofit organizations with an aspiration to foster an engaged workplace are faced with these challenges. 

In this research paper we explore the challenges facing nonprofit organizations with an aspiration to foster an engaged workplace, including:

Responsibility for some public services are shifting from government to nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit employees are commonly involved in front-line human services work that can lead to burnout

Nonprofit financial models are changing with shifts in charitable giving and government budgets

Recruiting and retaining talented workers in the non-profit sector can be difficult, particularly when for-profit companies can offer better compensation

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OUR CURIOSITY

If a nonprofit organization saturated their organization with leadership development training, would employees have greater commitment to the organization and optimism for its future? Additionally, would employees start thinking and behaving differently with one another?

STUDY PURPOSE

This research project investigated the influence that a leadership development program had on employee behaviors and organizational outcomes in a nonprofit organization.

USEFUL FINDINGS

Employee leadership = Enhanced employee engagement

Employees who are likely to use leadership concepts in their daily work are:

  • more committed to their organization
  • more hopeful about the organization’s future
  • more satisfied with their job

Saturation = Culture change

Saturating an organization with leadership development leads to employees thinking about and doing their work differently.

  • Employees start thinking about the adaptive challenges in their work.
  • Employees engage more collaboratively.
  • Employees work across units in the organization.

    Two doses = Most impact

    Employees who are likely to use leadership concepts in their daily work are:

    • more committed to their organization
    • more hopeful about the organization’s future
    • more satisfied with their job

    Employee leadership = Enhanced employee engagement

    Employees who are likely to use leadership concepts in their daily work are:

    • more committed to their organization
    • more hopeful about the organization’s future
    • more satisfied with their job

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