Where to Find Leaders

Nancy Lublin knows how to make something from nothing, to lead, to figure things out, to get things done. At the age of 23, with $5,000 she launched Dress For Success, a not-for-profit that now operates in 70 cities in 4 countries providing interview suits, training and career services to women in need.

So if she has ideas about leadership, we should all want to know. That’s why I love her commentary about the BP crisis. She says we should seek out new leaders in the non-profit sector.

Do-gooders are easily overlooked. We’re supposed to be soft, touchy-feely types, who wear Birkenstocks, compost everything, and write poetry by candlelight. The surprising truth? Some of these crunchies are management bad asses. When it comes to managing in crisis, not-for-profit leaders know how to do more with less, under absurd constraints. Instead of throwing bazillions of dollars at McKinsey or calling in the National Guard, why not utilize some of our nation’s best practitioners to solve one of our nation’s ugliest messes?

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