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Characteristics of Successful Organizations

  • Collaborative leadership – This refers to the belief that leaders exist at all levels of an organization or community. Collaborative leaders demonstrate high levels of trust, achieve team work, and are willing to give something up for the greater good.
     
  • Effective and efficient infrastructure – This includes those things that make organizations and communities function well, such as proactive communication, continuous learning, financial integrity, data-driven decision-making, etc.
     
  • Innovative action – This refers to the implementation of “out-of-the-box” ideas, processes, tools, and solutions to achieve greater results.
     
  • Favorable market presence – This includes strong images and positive public opinion of organizations and communities and their efforts.
     
  • High social capital – This refers to the connections and networks that exist within and among organizations and communities and the value that these hold for their members.
     
  • Continuous learning – This consists of on-going assessment and evaluation of organizations and communities to identify more effective and efficient ways of operating.
     
  • “Thrivable” development – This refers to the ability of organizations and communities to exist beyond basic sustainability by getting the most out of their resources to achieve the greatest impact possible.