Management & leadership, Management, Governance, Leadership

Managing Without Profit

The only book out there that covers - in one volume - management, governance and leadership tailored specifically for the civil society sector. Mike's advice is based on decades of experience. He provides strategic insights that organisations can use to maximise their effectiveness.

Lead your organisation more effectively, govern it with greater energy and manage it with enhanced efficiency with this fully revised guide for civil society organisations by your side.

The quintessential and trusted compendium with wise counsel on every page, it covers issues you’re likely to face as you drive your organisation forward.

Who should buy this book?

With over 23,000 other civil society leaders across the world owning a copy, can you afford not to have one?

This book has been described by sector leaders as ‘First port of call for help with governance and management issues if we are stuck stuck or need more information.’ It was voted Number 2 on the Guardian list of ‘Five must-reads for charity workers’.

All chief executives, chairs, trustees and senior managers will benefit from this book. Middle and junior managers with aspirations to develop and widen their roles will also want to read it too.

What does it cover?

This guide offers a practical overview of how to lead, govern and manage a civil society organisation, with comprehensive information and easy-to-apply case studies to back up what you learn.

  • How chairs and chief executives should work together to provide strong leadership
  • How to focus the organisation on delivering impact
  • How leadership teams work most effectively
  • How to ensure boards and committees deliver maximum value
  • How to create high performing teams
  • How to get the greatest benefits from strategic partnerships

What’s new in this edition?

The new edition has been completely updated, with new chapters on leadership and governance. It puts leadership at the heart of good governance and effective management and focusses on the key roles of the chair and chief executive in delivering strong leadership.

There are also new sections on:

  • Managing risk
  • Developing leadership teams
  • Choosing board members and selecting chairs and other officers
  • The book includes 17 new case studies.

What people said about the book

‘Whether you’re new to the not-for-profit world or an old hand, if you care about the effectiveness of charities and want to build trust in the sector, read this. Then follow its practical and insightful lessons.’

Lynne Berry, CBE, formerly Chair, Breast Cancer Now 


‘Thorough, pragmatic and approachable – this authoritative how-to guide is ideal for civil society organisations of all stripes and at every stage of their development, whether newly incorporated organisations laying down their foundations or long-established charities striving for modern best practice.’

Saleh Saeed, OBE, Chief Executive, Disasters Emergency Committee


‘This book is so useful that it should be compulsory reading for every trustee, chief executive and senior manager. If everyone involved in management and governance read this book we’d have a more effective charity sector with far fewer problems.’

Amanda Witherall, former Chief Executive, Association of NHS Charities [now known as NHS Charities Together]


‘Mike Hudson has the insight required to transform charities from well-meaning groups to high-impact organisations better able to achieve their mission. As CEO of an international charity I know that whether it’s structuring staff teams, strengthening boards or working in strategic alliances, this book is an invaluable volume that I keep coming back to.’

Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming

Look inside

Have a look inside Managing Without Profit.

About the author

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is Director of Compass Partnership and has been working with Chairs, Chief Executives and leadership teams of civil society organisations and their funders for over 30 years. He has also worked for many government departments, helping to shape policy and funding programmes for the voluntary sector.

Mike has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Cass Business School at City University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Governance magazine.

His book Managing Without Profit has sold well over 23,000 copies, been translated into three languages and published in an Australian edition. His other titles include: Managing at the Leading Edge, Delivering Effective Governance and Building Outstanding Leadership Teams

Buy multiple copies for your board and executive team and benefit from our bulk purchase discount scheme.

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If you buy Managing without Profit, you will receive a free copy of Building Outstanding Leadership Teams.

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