07 Apr

For the Board Leaders

One of the biggest trends in my coaching practice over the last 10 years has been the growth of nonprofit board chairs and presidents as clients. In some cases, their organizations pay for their coaching, sometimes as part of a leadership development program or initiative. However, in many cases, board chairs are paying out of their own pockets.  This speaks to their dedication and desire to serve their cause well.

These board leaders are successful, bright, competent people who manage companies, are successful professionals and/or run households and families, and are deeply engaged in their communities and have volunteer experience.

And, yet, they seek outside coaching because nonprofits are messy and increasingly complex. Expectations and the stakes are high. Leading is challenging.

The most common things that I hear from board leaders are:

  • I feel so overwhelmed. I didn’t know it would be this much work.
  • There are so many things that need my attention in the short-term that I can’t get to any of the initiatives or projects that made me excited about becoming board chair.
  • The board meetings planning is always a fire drill and feels more difficult than need be.
  • How can I make board meetings more engaging?
  • One board member is really challenging and managing him/her is taking a lot of energy, time and patience.
  • I really like the executive but  . . . [issue].
  • I can’t get my board to. .  .[usually this is followed by fundraise].
  • The committees except for. . .[usually finance and one or two others] don’t really function.
  • I feel stressed out.
  • I feel burned out.
  • There is no succession plan.

For all these reasons and more, I wrote Holding the Gavel: What Nonprofit Board Leaders Need to Know. 

Board leaders deserve dedicated, easy to access resources to feel empowered and confident. I wrote Holding the Gavel out of my deepest respect and desire to help those who bravely and selflessly lead.

Leadership matters. Leaders matter. This is for the board leaders with gratitude.


Share now

Related Posts