The Next Normal: An Interview with Jill Eisenhard

The Next Normal: Jill

In this thought-provoking episode, Brooke engages with Jill Eisenhard, the founder and former Executive Director of the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) in Brooklyn. Jill delves into her experiences and insights on reimagining the role of an Executive Director to make it more inclusive, collaborative, and sustainable. She discusses the evolving landscape of nonprofit leadership and the steps towards achieving greater equity in the sector. This episode is a must-listen for current and aspiring nonprofit leaders, shedding light on the structural changes necessary for a more effective and equitable future in nonprofit management.

What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. New Perspectives on Nonprofit Leadership: Jill’s unique take on reshaping the Executive Director role.
  2. Sustainability in Leadership: Strategies for making leadership roles more sustainable and inclusive.
  3. Evolving Nonprofit Structures: How structural changes can lead to more effective leadership.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The importance of reevaluating the traditional role of an Executive Director for a more balanced approach.
  2. The potential benefits of co-Executive Director models in nonprofit organizations.
  3. Insights into the structural challenges and possibilities within nonprofit leadership.
  4. How the concept of leadership is evolving to be more inclusive and collaborative.
  5. The role of community-based organizations in fostering stronger local connections and support systems.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Reflect on Leadership Roles: Consider the current structure and demands of leadership positions.
  2. Explore Co-Leadership Models: Investigate the benefits and feasibility of implementing co-Executive Director roles.
  3. Identify Structural Flaws: Recognize and address the deficiencies in traditional leadership models.
  4. Implement Sustainable Practices: Develop strategies to make leadership roles more sustainable and inclusive.
  5. Engage in Broader Conversations: Participate in discussions about leadership structures to facilitate growth and change.

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