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Leadership

Books and articles devoted to this subject or that have a substantial component on the subject are shown below.

Book cover for 12 Key Actions12 Key Actions of Volunteer Program Champions, Revised (free PDF)

Free report on what real-life "Volunteer Program Champion" CEOs think, feel, and do to successfullly support volunteer involvement in their organizations.

Book cover for From the Top DownFrom the Top Down

Outlines the key executive decisions necessary to lay the foundation for successful volunteer involvement: policies, budgeting, staffing, employee-volunteer relationships, legal issues, cost and value of volunteers, and more.

Book coverAn Asset Builder's Guide to Youth Leadership

Sensible and inspiring advice for adults who truly want to engage young people in meaningful leadership volunteer roles, with how-to tips on everything from recruitment to intergenerational meetings.

Book coverKeep Those Volunteers Around

A back-to-basics book on volunteer retention. A dozen easy tips to excite, inspire, & retain your most valuable asset...volunteers. 

Book coverLeading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement

Workbook of checklists, worksheets, idea stimulators, and other practical tools for senior-level leaders to incorporate volunteer involvement as a key ingredient in the overall strategy of an organization.

Making Dreams Come TrueMaking Dreams Come True without Money, Might or Miracles

Inspiration for leaders of volunteers who act at "dream-catchers" every day.  Examine how to keep dreams alive, form dream-nurturing environments, and support volunteers' dreams to reality.

Book coverA People Lens

Sprinkled with true stories of innovative volunteer engagement, best-practice tips, and perspectives from agency leaders and volunteers, this book will change how you think about engaging highly-skilled volunteers.

Book coverBranch Networks in the 21st Century

Helps those in national or large organizations to think about how branch or regional offices can strengthen, support, and extend their reach.

Book coverKeeping Volunteers

Examines the art of keeping volunteers productively connected to the organization including how to enhance volunteer motivation, avoid volunteer burnout, get beyond short-term commitments, and more.

cover imageThe Abundant Not-for-Profit

This book offers leaders a new road map for transforming their organizations with talent, not money, by meaningfully engaging and integrating volunteers as knowledge philanthropists.

book cover imageThe (Help!) I-Don't-Have-Enough-Time Guide to Volunteer Management

Is managing volunteers only part of your job? Or just not enough hours in a day? Learn to build a management team and and feel some relief from carrying the whole weight of leading volunteer involvement alone.

Secrets of Successful BoardsThe Secrets of Successful Boards

A Boards 101 book for trustees new to boards, for leaders of all-volunteer associations, or for anyone starting a nonprofit from the ground up, with chapters by ten well-known authorities on boards.

Share of Mind, Share of HeartShare of Mind, Share of Heart

A compact guide providing insight into nonprofit marketing and practical tools for engaging volunteers and paid staff in shaping the organization's image and brand.

Stalking the Elusive ExecStalking the Elusive Executive (FREE)

Free e-publication - A dozen tips written mainly for volunteer resources managers who need help in gaining administrative support, even to get their bosses to read a book on the topic of volunteers.

Strategic Volunteer EngagementStrategic Volunteer Engagement

Based on a research study of executive directors, this report makes a strong case for investing in volunteer effectiveness and introduces a new a Volunteer Involvement FrameworkTM with which to plan future volunteer engagement.

Book Cover When Everyone's a Volunteer

Challenges conventional wisdom about boards, fundraising, and membership development when applied to grassroots volunteer efforts. Includes great group interaction exercises.

Visionary Leadership in Volunteer ProgramsVisionary Leadership in Volunteer Programs

A collection of favorite and most-requested presentations from Marlene Wilson, volunteer management pioneer and leader in the field.

Volunteer Shelf LifeThe Volunteer Shelf Life

Recognize the temporary nature of volunteering and the many reasons why volunteers might leave.

Supervising VolunteersWhat We Learned (the Hard Way) about Supervising Volunteers

Advice, wisdom, and experience from over 85 real-life, on-the-job supervisors of volunteers: crystal clear analysis of what works and what doesn't in supervision.

Book coverWorking Shoulder to Shoulder

Stories and strategies of youth-adult partnerships that succeed, with over 20 reproducible tools to help you engage youth participants to the greatest effect in your organization.

From the Top Down UK edition book coverFrom the Top Down, UK Edition

UK Edition of the best-selling book that identifies the critical link between the actions of an organisation’s senior management and the overall success of volunteer engagement.

Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a VolunteerEngaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer

A guide on volunteer motivation and leadership skills for leaders of volunteers to feed the passion of those who choose to serve.

It's Tough at the Top coverIt's Tough at the Top, 2ND EDITION

Second Edition for 2017. Practical, no-nonsense guide to upper-level management blending leadership theory with personality style and the ability to generate support from all sources.

The New BreedThe New Breed, Second Edition

Understand the wants and needs today’s “new breed” of volunteers, especially those who don’t respond to old management styles.

E-Volunteerism logo

e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community is a quarterly journal with an archive of articles since the first issue in 2000. Subscribers have unlimited, continuous access to the newest of e-Volunteerism and to its growing archives. Subscribe now or purchase 48-hour access on the e-Volunteerism site and read or download whatever you like in that time period.

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