A nonprofit’s success is measured in a variety of ways: mission fulfillment, fundraising capacity, volunteerism – the list is limitless. However your nonprofit defines its accomplishments, have you considered that these achievements actually begin on the inside? Identifying and cultivating your nonprofit’s internal value will strengthen your agency for years to come.
Shared Sense of Purpose
In addition to your mission and vision, enthusiastically sharing your nonprofit’s operational goals with your employees will help develop a deeper understanding of where it is you’re going and how you plan to get there. When employees feel a shared sense of purpose they are willing to contribute the extra effort to meet your nonprofit’s goals.
Enhanced Employee Morale
When employees value their positions and feel connected to a team, they are more likely to commit for the long-term and collaborate with one another to get the job done.
Ability to Adapt to Opportunities and Changes
A nonprofit that is able to identify potential opportunities can strengthen its mission and vision exponentially. Further, being able to adapt swiftly and efficiently to changes – think technological, for one! – creates an atmosphere of calm rather than calamity.
Leadership may sit at the top of the org chart but the effects of first-rate leadership can be felt throughout all levels of an agency. When leadership builds relationships centered on mutual trust and respect, everything from employee morale to shared values to mission achievement is enhanced.
Shared Lines of Communication
Communication is essential. What makes communication effective within an organization is its ability to promote shared lines among employees at all levels for open and honest, constructive dialogue. When employees feel their voices are heard and their opinions matter, morale and motivation remain high.