You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
You need coaching. You may have started off managing programs and now you are at the helm of a huge organization. The skills that brought you there are not the ones that keep you there. Again, you do killer work but sometime you feel overwhelmed keeping all the balls in the air everyday. Some days you just want a unbiased ear to help you think through next steps, or offer advice on working with your board or that difficult employee. Coaching can have enormous value as a stand-alone strategy for developing leaders and their organizations. Many organizations are waking up to this critical point and are looking for leaders that understand the value of coaching.
Statistical surveys and anecdotal evidence both make it clear that coaching is a great instrument for advancing nonprofit leadership and improving nonprofit organizational effectiveness.
When is a nonprofit leader ready for coaching?
- Believe that coaching can help
- Can expresses what is really going on (confidentially) i.e. not withholding
- Commit to it (even if assigned by someone above)
- Embrace the idea of self-improvement
- Manage the time for it
- Comfortable with the cost
- Willing to learn
If this is you go out and find a coach that you have rapport with and get started!
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