Contributed by Nikki Russell
The VAN Reading, Resource and Leadership Corner: a bi-monthly post to the VAN blog that will keep you up-to-date on the latest thinking, online and local resources, and best or promising practice relevant to effective volunteer engagement.
Reading and Resource Corner:
Join your VAN Peers for our next next Professional Gathering this Wednesday as we explore Leadership Vs. Management. We’ll be meeting from 11:30-1:00pm at the Museum of History and Industry . I won’t be able to make this month’s Professional Gathering, and I’m seriously bummed. I am really interested in exploring both the Leadership and Management aspects of our roles as Leaders of Volunteer Engagement for our organizations. Note that instead of “Volunteer Program Manager”, the typical title we utilize to describe the volunteer engagement role we fill in our organizations, I inserted the word “leader”. So what does it mean to “lead” volunteer engagement? What does it mean to “manage” volunteer engagement? Is there a difference between leadership and management? Do we, as leaders of volunteer engagement, operate as both leaders and managers? I can’t wait to hear what comes up in Wednesday’s conversation. Please do share: continue the conversation on the Volunteer Administrators Network on LinkedIn or post a comment about the Professional Gathering topic on our Facebook page: Volunteer Administrators Network (VAN) Northwest.
I did a quick search on Leadership Vs. Management online. Needless to say, there are volumes of information/articles and resources. I did find one discussion of Leadership Vs. Management that I thought would make an excellent conversation starter. Take a few minutes to watch this short video:
Bellevue College is offering a 8-hour, two-day course on Volunteer Management in November as part of their Non-profit Management series. Taught by Marjorie Trachtman (who’s workshop on “Authentic Leadership” at the VAN Conference received rave reviews), the 2-day course will be offered on two consecutive Fridays- November 2nd and 9th. The course description and registration information will be available online at www.gotobcc.com.
In a recent post to Leadership Freak, Dan Rockwell explores 5 ways leaders can find and tap potential. I think that as leaders of volunteer engagement, finding and tapping human potential is what we’re all about. Here’s a quote I pulled from his blog post that particularly resonates with me as a leader of volunteer engagement: Leaders help people paint themselves into pictures of what’s around the corner in the universe of “not yet”. How do you find and tap the potential of your volunteers?