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Effective Executive Director Evaluations

Executive Directors rarely, and sometimes never, receive effective feedback (and often the feedback they do get does more damage than good). Annual evaluation of the ED is perhaps the Board of Director’s most critical tool in monitoring and ensuring the overall performance of a non-profit. ED evaluations are also one of the Board’s key responsibilities in supporting a culture of transparency, accountability, and fairness, and supports the ED’s ongoing development. This toolkit offers guidance, tools, and templates for conducting annual performance evaluations and resources to help with ongoing feedback between Boards and Executive Directors.

Toolkit Resources

Executive Director Performance Evaluation: Overview

Annual evaluation of the Executive Director is one of the Board of Director’s most critical responsibilities in monitoring and ensuring the overall performance of a non-profit. It is also one of the Board’s key methods to support a culture of transparency, accountability, and fairness, as well as to support the ED’s ongoing development. This resource […]

Executive Director Performance Evaluation 360-Degree Feedback Questionnaire

This sample 360-feedback questionnaire was created to evaluate the Executive Director’s competencies, leadership, goals, and performance. By requesting feedback from staff, partners, and supervisors (Board), you will receive a whole picture of the ED’s performance in all areas for the ED’s benefit and future goals.

Executive Director Annual Goals and Objectives

An Executive Director’s Annual Plan with goals and objectives identifies and creates transparency of the ED’s short-term aspirations and the long-term vision for the organization. It provides the ED and the Board a clear focus for evaluation and helps focus regular check-ins between the ED and Board Chair. It also offers accountability, measurements of progress, […]

Effectively Delivering and Receiving Feedback

How feedback is delivered (and received) is as, or possibly more, important than what is communicated. If feedback is given effectively and clearly, it is much more likely to result in lasting change. This resource provides an overview of how to give and receive feedback effectively. While the resource focuses on delivering feedback to Executive […]

How to Plan for a Courageous Conversation

As leaders, we can't avoid challenging conversations – that is, ones that feel like they have an edge and require courage, where at least one person wants to pursue something different or where the topic may make at least one person uncomfortable. This resource gives you tools and suggestions to improve your understanding and prepare you to have conversations that can lead to better long-term results.

Helpful Hints for Courageous Conversations

Not all conversations are easy. At some time or another, we all are required to have a difficult conversation that requires us to step out of our comfort zone, but you don't need to be lost navigating them. These helpful hints will walk you through those courageous conversations with confidence.  

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