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Founder’s Syndrome

Whether you are starting a new organization or working with an established one, an important issue that all nonprofit organizations need to watch for is Founder’s Syndrome. It refers to a person (or people) who helped start an organization or who helped an organization survive a difficult time and remained to become the central authority and decision-maker. How Founder’s Syndrome hurts is that it doesn’t share governing or allow for new ideas and if something should unexpectedly happen that the founder isn’t available, the organization can be crippled.

It’s a more common problem than you think and it can lead to discouraging new leadership, dysfunctional operation, and hindering growth. If you see stagnation or new board members coming on board then leaving after a short period of time, you should look at whether Founder’s Syndrome is a factor.  (more…)

February 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment


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