Learning how to be a good leader is within the grasp of everyone, it just requires a great deal of versatility and the ability to handle different tasks simultaneously. Everybody wants to become a leader but they don’t realise that it’s not an easy job and not everyone understands the essence of leadership.
Your business and the employees are basically a reflection of your own self, in order to make your team follow suit, you need to make honesty and ethical behaviour a key value which raises the bar of your standards even higher.
There might come times when things might not work according to the planning you’ve painstaking worked on. Labour Solutions Australia Pty Ltd specialises in temporary, permanent and outsourced workforce solutions with a strong focus on Food Processing, Civil and Building Construction, Mining and Engineering, Transport and Logistics, Manufacturing and Agribusiness staffing needs. I wanted to speak to a topic that Jeff addressed in this prior post on confronting bad leadership.
As I have thought about this over the years, it’s really come down to asking myself what kind of person I want to be. So here is my list of what I think makes a good leader, manager… and also a good employee. Is Accountable – pretty hard to accomplish in a world of big egos, pride and self sufficiency, but this one is really important. Is Consumed With Fostering a Positive Culture – here it’s about creating a place for everyone along common values and objectives. Loves to Get Results Through Others – someone who recognizes the important technical, emotional and spiritual contribution that every person can make and works hard to orchestrate them together. Is Kind – and can still be firm – who can be compassionate while guiding others through difficult situations.
Knows and Manages The Difference Between the Hard and Soft Sides of Management – one has to do with physical assets, the other with emotions, relationships and attitudes. Balances Life at Work and at Home – knows how to turn off work and focus on family and others while properly loving him or herself. Is Not Afraid of Change – someone who is a bit restless with the status quo, unless it is really working.
Places Customers and Donors First In Organizational Design – this key orientation forms a basis for rallying employees properly toward the right focus.
Is Committed to Justice – valuing doing the right thing, valuing the “little guy”, valuing the person who got a raw deal and wanting to make things right. Finds Service is More Important Than Authority – is all about serving others and helping them find their way, careful in their use of authority, realizing that using authority is really the last way to lead, not the first. Has a Healthy Relationship To Money – understands that money is a way to transfer value, not an objective in and of itself. Is Driven by Opportunity – always looking for opportunity and leading others to think outside the box.
Can See The Big Picture – has a way of seeing what is really going on and not getting consumed or swayed by the often conflicting details that surround them each day. I enjoy and value your posts and try to gently share your words with my development officers. Although I've been in development for many years, my current position is the first one that provides the opportunity to seek major gifts.
Your blog consistently provides the most valuable content for me as a one-person fund development department needing MGO orientation. I am new to the Development business and your posts have helped me and my department tremendously! My colleague and I both subscribe to your blog, and discuss each post when it arrives in our respective in-boxes. Your abilities to continually write articles that cover important facets of the fundraising world never cease to amaze me! Your website is such a huge help to me as the executive director of an education foundation. I want you to know that of the 5 or so development-specific blogs I subscribe to, yours is the one I read almost every day without fail - and more to the point, I read them with great appreciation.
I really appreciate your white papers and the blog -- so helpful to those of us in smaller shops building our major donor programs. I "have coffee" with you every morning and look forward to your straight-up information -- always right on the money.
Thank you for your terrific blog--it is very helpful to me in my work as a Director of Development. Your blog is the best one I know of for fundraising professionals and I love that you post your updates on Facebook so that I never miss them! Your white papers are excellent, well written and invaluable as our organization is finally investing in some major gift officers.

I'm a Marketing & Development Director at a small non-profit (5 full time staff, $900,000 budget). I love reading your emails, it inspires me and makes me realise that others have the same challenges. You guys have created the single most valuable resource for fundraising I have found in ~ 30 years in the field. I often forward your posts to colleagues and identify you as my "favorite fundraising bloggers." Keep being awesome! Because I find all your articles so full of great tips I would love to have all of your White Papers -- I'm planning to write my CFRE this Fall so I appreciate everything! Finding higher level Development help is hard to find, so I appreciate your blog and public information. Your advice has been terrific and a good fit with what I know to be true about building meaningful relationships with donors. I have served as a VP for Advancement for over 20 years and currently serve as senior gifts officer for my current university (where I served more than 14 years as VP for Advancement).
Please keep up the great work - I make all my team read your post over coffee each morning and it is great for creating conversations at team meetings.
At our non-profit, we talk about your blog nearly everyday and are grateful for your posts.
I learned more about major gifts from your blogs than I have from a book, training, or a development leader. Thank you for your practical advice -- I see you as two very important partners in my work to raise funds for my organization. Your blogs inspire me every day to be better than I was yesterday in keeping my work donor-centered. I absolutely love your blog, it is really helping me get further in my job and in my work, thank you so much for all that you do.
I learn a lot from the blogs I receive from Veritus Group - thank you for sharing your experience, knowledge, & wisdom. I was recently promoted, and the main bulk of my time now will be spent on formalizing and implementing a Major Gifts program. I've been enjoying and benefiting from your blog for the last two years - I was turned on to it by a colleague.
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If you’re interested in performing as a leader in your workplace you need to realise that leaders do not compartmentalise like workers, and they should be an inspiration for people who are working around them as this helps everyone to take ownership and perform at maximum capacity. Self assessment is really important before opting for leadership as knowing your strengths and the weak areas is of paramount importance.
Some teams prefer a good communicator to a good organiser, while some may value trust over creativity. He was talking about bad leaders and how we are seeing more of them; he suggested that I write about what makes a good leader and manager. I haven’t placed these in any particular order, as I think that each is just as worthy as the next. And many of them are still goals of mine because it is certainly hard for me to measure up to much of this list.
In the world of fundraising and major gifts, being this kind of person will help you immensely as you relate to donors. I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy reading the Veritus Group Blog. If every MGO or Development Team leader followed your advice and counsel, our ministries would flourish. It's not easy especially since I am working with very limited resources at a tiny nonprofit, but focusing on helping the organization build a major gifts program keeps me going. I can't tell you how much they help, motivate, and inspire me to strive to do my job to the best of my ability.
I stumbled on your site during a search a few moths ago and am SO thankful for the emails I receive from you!! It is full of fresh ideas on how to approach donors and it has made a difference in how we manage the foundation.
I find your writings to be so helpful in suggesting how I might organize priorities for starting to build major donor relationships while also keeping the many other aspects of this program in motion.

I have learned so much from you and am constantly caught off guard by the feeling that you really know me and are writing these articles just for me. I wear many hats (including program at times), but your blog helps keep things in perspective and I really appreciate all that you share! They really help not only in the major donor area but for fundraising in general.I tell all my colleagues to subscribe to them. Your website is great as I help Major Gift Officers understand their role and give them tangible things on which to focus. Makes me think things differently in our office and how we can make a positive change in the future. Thank you for creating interesting articles and pep talks especially for those of us who love the profession of being a Major Gift Officer.
As a new leader of a growing Individual Giving team, I am grateful for this inspiring resource you produce. Your wisdom, insight and experience in major donor relationships shine through your writing. Sometimes they are just the jolt of energy I need when I feel like things in my organization are getting a little too crazy and no one understands what major gifts fundraising is really about. I have enjoyed your blog posts and find the information you share very helpful to my position as a leadership gift officer.
I regularly visit for refreshers on my strategy, it's a really great source of motivation and reassurance.
I am eager to read all of your white papers to learn more; I love the advice and strategies you provide. I've transitioned to a new charitable organization and am charged with building the fundraising program from the ground up.
Working on your weak areas might help improve your leadership capabilities and help you prove yourself as an efficient happy wheels person.
To build a strong team you must be well aware of the values and goals of each individual as well as what they expect from you as a leader. You need to put out the fire to maintain the team’s morale assuring everyone that the set backs should not deviate them from the real goal.
Yes, you have to manage structure and process, but the focus is doing it in a healthy way with fluidity and flexibility. There is a distinct set of values that anchor decision making and those values are, essentially, about making the world a better place. My organization does not have a MGO and as Development Director, I am responsible for major donor cultivation. I just completed a Certificate in Philanthropy Management and the blog is an excellent tool to all new people in this field. I'm also constantly amazed by how consistently your insights are spot-on (not that I should be amazed by this!) Thank you for all that you do to support the wonderful industry of fundraising!
With 10 years of non-profit board and committee service and event fundraising, I still have plenty to learn. If I ever have an opportunity to recommend your firm in my associations, I will surely do this!
I have research, event and annual fund experience and some grant writing, but no major gift background so your blog is really helpful to help me learn. I think I know a few MGO's who might 'get' how this would provide a needed framework for their work and give them a push to actually create a strategy.
I read your sage advice and get that gentle reminder that it's not always me that's the crazy one in this office. On bad days you lift me up and I can now put a plan in place that makes sense and will succeed.
Though I have not had the luxury of working in a major gifts capacity, your articles and advice have helped shape how I will approach the role once I have reached that level in my career. I have no doubt that your white papers and your ongoing blog will be most helpful to me in my pursuits. 6 months ago I left a job after 15 years when I realized I did not have the same ethics as my new boss and that I would not be able to work with her. I'm not sure how I discovered you other than by clicking a link in another blog post but I am very glad I stumbled across your company. They are looking for hard numbers and don't utilize the more subtle information research uncovers.

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