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Nonprofit Leader as Coach

Leaders wear many hats. One of those hats is that of coach. A coach guides someone to solve their own challenges by sharing questions, perspectives, or feedback. You can imagine how a nonprofit executive director, board chair, or volunteer manager might step into a coaching role in conversations with team members, board colleagues, or volunteers.

In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about the coaching role a nonprofit leader plays. They explore why coaching is necessary, who a nonprofit leader might coach, and how that coaching might happen. You’ll finish listening with ideas on how you might step into the role of coach so that people around you benefit. 

Question to reflect on before you listen:
Who in your work or personal life have you coached? How did you coach them? Did you ask questions, share feedback, listen, or provide an outside perspective? What was the result of your coaching?

  1. What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
  2. Who might benefit from coaching in your organization? How might you (or someone else) provide that coaching?
  3. How might you use some of these ideas related to coaching– listening, asking good questions, etc. — in your leadership?

Word of the week: Coach

What are some of the similarities and differences between a sports coach and a nonprofit leader as coach?

FOR MORE: The Harvard Business Review recently shared “The Leader as Coach.”

What do you think?