As the Baby Boomers edge into their 50s and 60s, nonprofit organizations will soon be making room for a new generation of leaders. Not only should organizations consider the generational differences that will impact leadership styles, but also consider that members of Generation X, now in their 20s and 30s, are a dramatically smaller group than the Baby Boom generation. This 2005 monograph reports on the findings of a study conducted by the Building Movement Project on generational difference in leadership in small- and mid-sized social change organizations. 

January 1, 2005

Executive Transitions Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Findings on generational differences in the workplace.

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    Summary of recommendations to sustain and build existing social change organizations.

  3. 3

    Background of the generational influences that affect leadership styles.

  4. 4

    How Baby Boomers and GenXers are divided when it comes to managing work and personal life.

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    The difference in generational perspectives on working in and leading an organization.

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    The challenges for younger and older leaders

  3. 7

    How to bridge the generational divide and how the future of nonprofit leadership may look.

Key Takeaway

If there is a real interest in sustaining and building existing social change organizations, we need to promote younger leaders.

A 2004 survey sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of more than 2,200 nonprofit organizations found that 65% of respondents expected to go through a leadership transition by 2009, while just 57% had experienced a transition during the past 10 years.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations