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‘I’m A New Executive Director: Now What?’

Thinking back on the last two years since I first became an executive director, I can share a few thoughts on where to start when you become the new exec.

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

— Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric

Jack Welch’s quote is a good reminder that the role of the staff leader is a complex web of organizational success, volunteer leadership success, staff team success and personal success. That’s a tall order! Where do you start?!

After working on the staff of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior for six years, I had the opportunity to step into the role of Executive Director on January 1, 2017. I was fortunate to be familiar with the Society and benefit from the mentorship of the prior two execs. Still this was a huge shift in responsibility for me – away from my personal career goals to the wider goals of an 1,100-member organization with hundreds of volunteers and a staff team of five.

Thinking back on the last two years, I can share a few thoughts on where to start when you become the new exec.

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Do you have a suggestion to share with a new exec? Please share that in the comments so we can all learn.