Research has shown that reading has always been an essential component of leadership development (HBR, Feb. 2016). However, even with the best of intentions, it is often difficult to get to or finish all of the books competing for our attention. With a goal of creating well-read nonprofit leaders while imparting facilitation skills and building trusted relationships among nonprofit leaders, the Leadership Book Club offers a unique opportunity to study and develop leadership in a communal setting.
Research Based Benefits of a Book Club
- • Provides an opportunity to commit to and develop a systematic reading habit to sharpen intelligence and increase knowledge.
- • Helps the reader read more deeply and better understand diverse perspectives.
- • Allows the reader to build and deepen relationships through shared learning.
- • Develops leaders who are more comfortable and confident in professional discussions.
A 10-month program (September – June) for 12 leaders, including:
- • Club orientation and continual training on how to facilitate a book discussion.
- • Three book club meetings facilitated by a professional literary consultant.
- • Six book club meetings facilitated by pairs of the Club.
Specific Benefits of the Leadership Book Club
- • The program is designed purposely to allow the members to develop a skill that he/she can use as a leadership tool within his/her organization for continuous learning.
- • The experience will build cross-sectoral relationships as the members will be paired together to work jointly on the facilitation of a book club session and develop trusted relationships with each other through discussions and shared insight.
- • Technical assistance will be available to each participant in preparation for his/her monthly facilitation.
- • Professional feedback will be provided to each pair from the facilitator, as well as from the peer group, to gain insight and further develop technique.
- • Access to a professionally curated book list. All literature is selected for its ability to aid and inspire the personal leadership development of the nonprofit leader-readers.
2017-2018 Meeting Schedule
All meetings will be held from 11:30am to 1:30pm in The Fieldstone Foundation office in each region. Lunch will be provided.
|September 12, 2017||Orientation meeting|
|October 10, 2017||Facilitator leads book club discussion Third Sector|
|November 14, 2017||Facilitator leads book club discussion Fiction|
|December 12, 2017||Facilitator leads book club discussion Non-Fiction|
|January 9, 2018||Pair 1 leads book club discussion|
|February 13, 2018||Pair 2 leads book club discussion|
|March 13, 2018||Pair 3 leads book club discussion|
|April 3, 2018||Pair 4 leads book club discussion|
|May 8, 2018||Pair 5 leads book club discussion|
|June 12, 2018||Pair 6 leads book club discussion/Celebration/Evaluation|
|September 19, 2017||Orientation meeting|
|October 17, 2017||Facilitator leads book club discussion Third Sector|
|November 21, 2017||Facilitator leads book club discussion Fiction|
|December 19, 2017||Facilitator leads book club discussion Non-Fiction|
|January 16, 2018||Pair 1 leads book club discussion|
|February 20, 2018||Pair 2 leads book club discussion|
|March 20, 2018||Pair 3 leads book club discussion|
|April 17, 2018||Pair 4 leads book club discussion|
|May 15, 2018||Pair 5 leads book club discussion|
|June 26, 2018||Pair 6 leads book club discussion/Celebration/Evaluation|
The Leadership Book Club will be led by a professional book club facilitator. This will provide both the framework for the first three monthly discussions but also the training on how to facilitate and use book discussions as a teaching tool in your organization or with your leadership team. Our facilitator will work with each member as he/she prepares to facilitate one month’s discussion with a fellow member. This part of the program will help to develop trusted relationships among the book club members, while also solidifying the facilitator training with hands-on experience.
Crafted with assistance from leadership and literary experts, the Leadership Book Club will work with a well cultivated and meaningful book list. This list will include fiction, non-fiction and other books we categorize as “the third sector.” This category of books will include technical, business, philosophy and poetry and will round out the other literary choices. Each book will be selected for its ability to inspire and inform personal leadership development. The list is balanced with classics and new releases from a variety of authors to provide a diverse perspective and learning opportunity. It is designed to be a living document that will continue to evolve throughout the life of the program. The Professional Facilitator will select the first three books with the guidance of the Fieldstone staff. The Club members will then have the opportunity to choose the additional six books.
- • $350 for 10 sessions ($35 per session includes facilitation and food). All other costs underwritten by The Fieldstone Foundation and its funding partners.
- • Participants must commit to reading all books prior to the meetings and attending each monthly session.
- • Each book club member will be responsible for purchasing/obtaining the book of the month. (Warwick’s Book Store offers all Fieldstone Leadership Book Club Members a 20% discount on all Club books.)
- • All Participants must be willing to co-facilitate one of the monthly meetings.
Be a Part of this Unique Leadership Community
The Leadership Book Club is available to both executive directors and senior leadership team members in a nonprofit organization. Each club is limited to 12 members. Currently the program is available in Orange and San Diego Counties.
If you would like to be a part of this program or have any questions, please contact Robin Stropko or click here to request additional information. If you would like to apply to be considered for this program, download an application by clicking below.