Nonprofit Newswire | . . . and Creative Disruptions

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February 8, 2010; Compasspoint.org | The strains and challenges of nonprofit leadership are well documented. How would our sector fare if more nonprofit executives were able to take a paid sabbatical to refresh, renew and gather new momentum? According to a recent report by Compasspoint Nonprofit Services entitled Creative Disruptions: Sabbaticals for Capacity Building and Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector, organizations whose leaders have taken advantage of a sabbatical end up with a variety of benefits, including development of a larger range of leaders as other senior managers step up in the director’s absence, better governance as boards plan for the temporary departure of their CEO, and an innovative set of activities as nonprofits reach a point of “creative disruption” with the emergence of new energy and new ideas. Writers Deborah Linnell Tom Wolfred conclude that, based on surveys with 61 sabbatical beneficiaries, their interim replacements and staff and boards of their organizations, paid sabbaticals represent a best practice for nonprofit leadership development and organizational renewal.—Lissette Rodríguez