Originally posted at The Huffington Post.
Like many of you, I spent the evening with Ellen on Sunday night (Oscar telecast.) But while you were watching her deliver pizza to Meryl Streep and retweeting her selfies (did you know that this image is now by far the most retweeted photo ever?) I was thinking about how great an Executive Director she would be.
A comedienne as an Executive Director. I’m kidding, right? I mean, as far as I know she’s never run a nonprofit. How could she possibly have the needed skill set?
I propose it makes no difference. What makes a great Executive Director isn’t so much about skills as it is about attributes.
I WANT TO BE ELLEN
First in the spirit of full disclosure, I want to be Ellen DeGeneres. I keep waiting for the call to sub for her when she is on holiday with Portia.
But let’s set that aside.
Why do I think Ellen would be a great Executive Director? What am I thinking?
Often search firms and committees look for certain skills in hiring an Executive Director. This is a mistake. Attributes are more important. For example, before becoming an Executive Director, I had never done one single ounce of fundraising. My board took a leap of faith that I had the right attributes to be good at it. Fortunately for me and the board, they were right.
And when you look at Ellen’s success, her attributes are exactly what an Executive Director needs.
So what exactly are the attributes of a great Executive Director?Continue Reading