Executive coaching is a specialized service that has long been used by the for-profit world. Non-profit organizations, however, have been slower to adopt the many benefits that executive coaching brings to leaders, perhaps because of the belief that organizational resources should go to programs and not management. As non-profit leaders know, such thinking can be short-sighted.
Executive coaching helps leaders build their leadership capacity. Through coaching, leaders identify how they impact and are perceived by their followers, and they learn to understand how to enhance their leadership skills. Coaching is effective throughout a leader’s career, such as during a transition into a new leadership role, seeking to grow an organization, and dealing with difficult crises. Entry coaching is particularly effective for school heads who are assuming their first headship.
For every coaching client, Hulse Leadership Development administers a comprehensive and unique 360 degree leadership assessment to gather data and uncover perceptions that may not be visible to the leader. Personalized feedback to the leader and identification of areas for focus and development form the foundation of the process. Coaching conversations include problem solving, planning, change, and reflection. Coaching sessions are held at least weekly in person or by video conferencing. Coaching may be undertaken by a leader for him or herself, or may be provided for other organization managers.