The Power of 3: How to Create and Lead an Emotionally Resonant Nonprofit Organization

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abstract brain silhouette What is unique about the nonprofit sector in terms of how leaders express their emotions? Based on the latest cutting-edge research on emotional intelligence and emotional labor along with his research on the emotion norms in nonprofit organizations, Dr. Tony Silard will help you develop your abilities as an emotionally intelligent nonprofit leader. 

In Emotionally Intelligent Nonprofit Leadership, Dr. Silard will provide a foundational understanding of emotionally intelligent nonprofit leadership and will help you build emotion regulation and management abilities. In Lonely At the Top and Bottom and Trauma Informed Nonprofit Leadership, we will apply emotional intelligence toward two highly challenging emotions frequently experienced by nonprofit leaders, their staff, and volunteers as well as the clients they serve: loneliness and secondary trauma.

This deep exploration of how nonprofit leaders effectively regulate and express their emotions and manage the emotions of the people they lead will benefit those in leadership positions or those looking to grow their leadership skills. Join us for all three workshops in the Power of 3 series. (Each workshop may also be taken as a stand-alone learning opportunity.)

The deadline to register for all three is Thursday, January 20, 2022.


Emotionally Intelligent Nonprofit Leadership
How to Create an Emotionally Resonant Nonprofit Organization

What is emotional competence, and how does it differ from emotional intelligence? How can you become an emotionally competent nonprofit leader? Emotionally competent leaders are attuned to the emotional climate of the office and know how to manage their emotions and the emotions of others toward a common purpose.

Your staff want to feel like their voices are heard. They want their issues to be acknowledged and integrated into your organization’s processes and strategies.

How can you become a “life coach” for your staff? How can you act so they will feel like you are concerned about and attentive to their more holistic needs? How can you detect and attune to the emotional receptor among your staff or board members? How can you handle difficult employees when you’d honestly rather lie down in a hot bed of tar than listen to them for five minutes? How can you get your main points across to others in your organization without alienating them or making them feel like you’re being overbearing or insensitive? How can you detect the pendulum swing between submissive and aggressive in both others and yourself? In this session, Dr. Anthony Silard will help you discover how to earn the respect of others by refining your skills at listening with empathy and leading with your authentic voice.

You will be able to:

  • identify how nonprofit leaders can differentiate their expression of positive and negative emotions based on the target of those emotions;
  • discuss how to express negative emotions in ways that generate positive organizational outcomes;
  • discern the socio-functional purpose of negative emotions;
  • understand how nonprofit leaders can express positive emotions without losing follower perceptions of their authenticity; and,
  • identify the psychological bases of various leadership styles.

This seminar will utilize break out rooms and other interactive features.  Please be prepared and make sure your microphone and camera are in working order. The seminar will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022.


Lonely At The Top & Bottom
How Nonprofit Leaders Manage Loneliness in Their Organizations

Have you ever asked yourself these two questions: “Do I feel lonely sometimes in my organizational work?” and “Why?” As research from Dr. Anthony Silard and Sarah Wright of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has found, nonprofit leaders often feel lonely due to the stifling of three critical human motives. In the U.S., a recent Cigna survey of 20,000 Americans found that over three in five Americans are lonely, which has raised the decibels on siren calls of a “national loneliness epidemic.” In this survey, over 60 percent of Americans acknowledged that they feel isolated from others and that their relationships are sometimes or always not meaningful.

The “epidemic” designation has also been used in the U.K., where former Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister for Loneliness in 2018. May reached this decision on the heels of two studies that found that nine million U.K. citizens are often or always lonely and British children spend less time outside than prison inmates. As loneliness becomes increasingly ubiquitous, nonprofit organizations that reduce it—by detecting the three distinct motives Anthony will share with you in this session—will become in higher demand. You will learn about how lonely people act differently than people who are not lonely, and how these differences can derail healthy organizational functioning. We will also explore the determinants of leadership loneliness and how it differs from follower loneliness. Finally, you will develop some strategies to reduce both your loneliness and the loneliness of your staff, volunteers, board members, and donors. Be warned: you may never look at people management or fundraising the same.

You will be able to:

  • distinguish loneliness as a subordinate emotion and the “re-affiliation motive” that enables organizational members to reduce it;
  • identify the three root causes of loneliness in nonprofit organizations;
  • identify determinants of leader loneliness and design strategies to assuage their loneliness and that of their team members in nonprofit organizations;
  • describe the intrapersonal and organizational outcomes associated with loneliness in nonprofit organizations; and,
  • understand the role of social support in alleviating loneliness for staff, volunteers, board members, and donors.

This seminar will utilize break out rooms and other interactive features.  Please be prepared and make sure your microphone and camera are in working order. The seminar will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022.


Trauma Informed Nonprofit Leadership
How Nonprofit Leaders Effectively Manage Trauma-Affected Organizations

While there is a thriving literature on “secondary trauma” in clinical psychology, social work, and stress management, little is still known about how secondary trauma emerges in nonprofit organizations. Also known as “vicarious trauma” or “compassion fatigue,” secondary trauma refers to an emotional state in which an individual (e.g., a staff person or volunteer) experiences the pain, sadness, distress, or other negative emotion of a second individual (e.g., an organizational client). For instance, a counselor listens to the reactions of a client to traumatic situations, which indirectly produce distress and traumatization in the counselor. Think second-hand smoke: the client transmits, through emotional contagion, their trauma to the nonprofit staff member. The staff member, in turn, experiences some of the same effects of trauma as the client: stress, burnout, difficulty trusting others, and disillusionment with society. In the case of the staff person, this erosion of trust and disillusionment can extend to the organization if secondary trauma is not carefully managed.

Based on Dr. Anthony Silard’s research with over 150 secondary-trauma-affected nonprofit executive directors, staff, and volunteers, in this session you will learn how secondary trauma emerges in nonprofit organizations. You will then learn how you, as a nonprofit leader, can guide a high-performance organization into the future by interacting with secondary-trauma-affected team members so they can both make sense of and find meaning in their trauma and retain their productivity.

You will be able to:

  • identify the role of secondary trauma in nonprofit organizations;
  • understand how to manage secondary-trauma-affected staff and volunteers;
  • distinguish the intrapersonal and organizational outcomes of secondary trauma in nonprofit organizations;
  • develop strategies for detecting and responding to secondary trauma; and,
  • discuss the potential benefits of secondary trauma to individual and organizational development.

This seminar will utilize break out rooms and other interactive features.  Please be prepared and make sure your microphone and camera are in working order. The seminar will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022.


Each webinar is 90 Minutes
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Anthony Silard

Anthony Silard, Ph.D., is the CEO of The Global Leadership Institute and the President of The Center for Social Leadership. He was once named Visionary of the Year, and featured at the Presidential Summit for America’s Future and America’s Promise. As a leadership trainer, Anthony has coached thousands of CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, and the world’s largest nonprofits such as GE, Disney, Nokia, Bank of America, IBM, CARE, Save the Children, The United Way, and the American Red Cross. He has also coached political leaders, including G-20 cabinet ministers.

Anthony holds a Ph.D. in leadership from IESE Business School, which he received with First-Class/Excellent Distinction. He also holds a Master’s in Public Policy focused on leadership from Harvard University and has received two of Harvard’s most prestigious awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award and the Manuel Carballo Memorial Award. His leadership programs have helped thousands of people in over 40 countries to create positive, breakthrough personal and social change in their lives and the lives of others.
Anthony Silard