Executive Director Coaching
Coaching relationships in non-profits are generally reserved for Executive Directors or senior staff who aspire to the ED role.
Non-profit ED’s have leadership challenges that are uniquely different from their corporate counterparts:
- ED’s have “executive roles” as the head of an organization, yet also function like first line supervisors with staff
- ED’s have an abundance of “bosses” including board members, significant donors, and well intended volunteers
- If ED’s have grown up through non-profits, their leadership development opportunities have frequently been limited to mentoring and hands-on experience.
- ED’s transitioning from the corporate arena frequently struggle to adapt to resource constraints and direct reports who don’t appear to be as strategic or groomed as their previous counterparts
Results from a coaching relationship are a function of the Executive Director’s development priorities, but frequently include:
- Clearer translation of strategic priorities into daily interactions
- Improved delegation
- Effective development of leadership team
- Execution of strategic change
- Enhanced utilization of Board resources
- Improved network and fund development