Being the founder of a company may not necessarily mean you are CEO material. Take this test; of the two groups below, which group most describes you?
(A) persistence, attention to detail, efficiency, analytical skills, setting high standards
(B) strong oral communication, teamwork, flexibility/adaptability, enthusiasm, listening skills
According to the Wall Street Journal article, if you picked (A) then you are more likely to be CEO material.
The skill sets in (B) are considered softer skills that help entrepreneurs launch companies, explain its mission and have the enthusiasm to motivate the team in a start-up.
Often, many entrepreneurs usually step aside when the company begins to grow. It is argued that the skills to create are not necessarily the same skills needed to lead. See article from Working Knowledge/Harvard Business School; Surviving Success: When Founders Must Go.
So how does this information translate to nonprofit organizations? Founders of nonprofits do not make good CEOs? Are some folks better at building and creating while others are better at expanding?