4 Nonprofit Volunteer Leadership Techniques


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Leadership is a trait found in so few people it’s awe worthy when witnessed. True leaders are naturals. The lead because it is all they know.

The rest of must work at leadership. We must take time out of days to ensure we are being the effective leaders. The best leaders know when they’re being effective.

And leading volunteers is often times the most difficult task of all. Volunteers are working for no reward, no payment. Getting the most out of these people can be painfully difficult.

Participating and being hands on is often times the best and most direct way to motivate volunteers. By showing how much you care about the project or event by rolling your sleeves up and getting involved, the easier it will be for your volunteers to get on board too.

Here are 4 ways Tech Impact suggests you get involved and lead your team to a successful project.

  1. Find ways to play

Think of ways to lighten the mood. It doesn’t have to be all the time, but so often it is import to let everyone know it is ok to let their hair down and enjoy the moment. Remember, your volunteers are there because they want to be. Reward their diligence with a little fun.

  2. Create “we” spaces

Provide space for work to be done collaboratively and make sure you, or your project managers, aren’t holed up in offices. Face-time with decision makers is often times what people are interested in when giving up their time. They want to meet the people in charge and interact with them. Volunteers will appreciate the exposure and it will keep them coming back to help again.

  3. Visualize your projects

Show your volunteers exactly where they fit into the puzzle by visualizing the project on a white board or projector. Draw arrows, circles, and connect the dots. Volunteers want to know exactly where they fit in the puzzle and how they are helping get from point A to point B.

    By visually representing the role they’re playing you’ll surely light a fire under them.

  4. Be flexible

If a volunteer need to work remotely, trust they will get their job done. It is important to make concession when dealing with an unpaid employee as to not alienate them. Showing that you maintain a level of trust in your volunteers undoubtedly boost morale, and increase productivity.


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