Leaders in not-for-profit organizations recognize the value of a coach as they manage through times of crisis. In my own experience as a leader and in coaching executives, here are three reasons a coach can help you lead through a significant disruption such as the pandemic of 2020.
It can be lonely at the top. Even though there are others who work in your organization, you can feel isolated. As a leader, you have to wrestle with many issues that you can’t share with your colleagues, direct reports or the board. A coach is there to listen to you without judging. She can help you talk through the problem or opportunity and develop your strategies.
During the pandemic, you are dealing with sudden seismic change. You are stepping into uncharted territory with new challenges opportunities and responsibilities. There isn’t a road map when you are continually coping with the new normal. This can be unsettling and cause insecurity. A coach can listen to you and help you chart your course. A coach can accelerate your learning through the crisis and provide encouragement to build your confidence.
You are up to your assets in alligators. It’s hard to remember your objective was to drain the swamp. You may be stressing over personnel issues or worried that you can’t raise enough money to keep the organization afloat. You might be struggling with communicating with the board. The three most frequent subjects raised by not for profit executives are personnel, fund raising and boards of directors. A coach can let you vent and help you work through options to chart your course.
Coaching is a relationship process that can help you lead through a crisis, solve problems, manage change and/or reach goals. EC of OC is here for you! We provide no cost coaching to nonprofit executives to help nonprofit organizations accomplish their mission. To sign up for a coach visit www.ecofoc.org.
Author: Karen Haren, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org