The Case for a Generalist: A Nonprofit’s MVP Edit Title

Nonprofit teams need a seasoned player that can go wide and play different positions as an organization evolves, says Sue Dahling Sullivan, the chief of staff of Citi Performing Arts. Here she shares just how important a generalist―someone who has a diverse skill set and who can draw from a variety professional experiences—can be to a nonprofit’s team.

The Case for a Generalist: A Nonprofit's MVP

Those who know me might (rightly) be concerned about a title hinting at a sports metaphor. But emboldened after attending a recent leadership and strategy conference, I am more convinced than ever that strategy is a team sport for nonprofits, and those nonprofits that recruit Generalists, individuals who can play a variety of roles, to their organizations often are better positioned for success when trying to fulfill their strategic plans.

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