ESC Leadership Transition Management Service

In the next few years, more than half (57%) of the nonprofit leaders in Chicago will leave their position according to a survey that compares this trend nationwide1. Without effective leadership at the top, an organization can lose momentum and direction, resulting in the loss of funding, programs, staff and ultimately in services and programs provided to the community and people it serves.


ESC’s Leadership Transition Management Service is a comprehensive, systematic approach to anticipating and addressing the changes that occur when a leader departs, whether planned or unexpected, and a new leader must be identified and integrated into the organizational structure and operation.


Experienced ESC consultants work with nonprofit clients throughout each step of successful leadership change to:

  1. Generate and implement a comprehensive plan for effective, leadership transition.

  2. Build organization-wide and stakeholder consensus on the essential skills, abilities, and qualities required of the new leader.

  3. Facilitate and support the Board’s search for new management leadership with the tools, templates, resources and options at every step.

  4. Ensure that key stakeholders, including funders, vendors and constituents, remain informed and confident, engaged and invested in the organization’s future.

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