- "One in three (32%) respondents aspires to be an executive director someday"
- "The nonprofit sector is viewed as a desirable place to work and to seek future employment by people interested in social change"
- "However the long hours and compromised personal lives associated with executive leadership are significant deterrents to pursuing top positions"
- "And, lack of mentorship and support from incumbent executives in helping to pave a career path are serious frustrations for many next generation leaders."
And until I find out the answer. I'm won't be playing the blame game anymore. We've got to give our ED's credit, they are passionate individuals who have build wonderful organizations. Yes, many of them run operationally challenged organizations and struggle to pay their staff adequate salaries, however can we truly say that the family run grocery store or the small business with the same budget size is any better? Its truly hard to generalize the entire sector, I would have liked to find out what size organization the survey respondents work in.
One more thing, all this research is reporting on people's opinions about what they plan to do or want to do in the future. So, is the case, let's follow up with these folks in a couple of year and see, did they really leave the sector, what job did they end up taking? Did they find mentorship opportunities through other methods, did they end up getting the pay they needed? What size organization do they work in?