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A Leader Among Leaders: Qualities of Effective Presidents of Jewish Community Centers

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Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher(s): Florence G. Heller-JCC Association Research Center; Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership and Management

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen; Lauren Blitzer

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Banking and finance (Philanthropy and nonprofit sector)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Organizational Development; Leadership

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This study reports on a survey of presidents and chief executives of Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across North America. The study seeks to understand the distinctions between effective and ineffective presidents based on the data collected in the survey. A multitude of lenses are presented through which one can measure effectiveness. Ultimately, nine qualities are presented as exemplary traits for effective JCC leadership. The most important one, according to the authors, is the ability of the JCC president to inspire and develop leadership among other lay leaders.