Should there be a significant difference in leadership ability between the head of the organization and the head of the volunteer program? While there may be differences in authority, leadership is not restricted to the executive director or chair of the board, nor should it be for the sustainability of the organization. Leadership happens at all levels within an organization. Everyone, including volunteer managers, has the capacity of becoming a leader. We all have skills which can be enhanced and abilities which can be cultivated.
Some volunteer program managers may not yet perceive themselves as leaders in their organization, but they can be. In this article, Bailey and Petro provide some self-assessment considerations and tools.