Today my business partner Kevin McQueen posed the question "
"Can we now put to rest the contention that governments should operate like businesses and, therefore, should be led by business people / corporate CEOs? I think this argument also didn't stand up with nonprofit organizations. Could one argue that the skill set for being a successful government leader is similar to those required a nonprofit organization and not a for-profit corporation?" In considering this question, Kevin noted the Washington Post article that explored Mr. Trump's own statement whereby he offered that he didn't know being president would be so hard and that maybe he wasn't ready.
None of this should come as a surprise but this consideration about readiness and the difficulty of the challenges might easily apply to what most nonprofit board chairs experience. According to an Alliance for Nonprofit Management survey with 635 responses, few of those who become board chairs have been readied for their job. And yet, their job tasks them with leading a team that must look-out for the best interests of a nonprofit. To Kevin's point, many of those who do become board chairs have business experience but rarely does this experience prepare them for this job.
Kevin probes further to ask if a nonprofit CEO is more akin to that of running the government and the answer: probably not. But we must wait and see if the facts can change this belief.