One important part of organizational capacity building includes the personal and professional development of leaders working in nonprofits via coaching. Coaching is a confidential, personalized, one-on-one relationship with a trained professional designed to guide leaders to overcome challenges professionally and organizationally, plan for the future, and maximize individual and organizational success.

Coaches support leaders to explore and realize their full potential as an individual, as a team member, or as an organizational leader. They support leaders by acting as a resource, a listener, and a partner and also by providing unbiased feedback and by asking questions that provoke new discussions and inspire self-reflection. Coaches may give “homework” to do outside of sessions, and they may sometimes use evaluation tools and other assessments. Coaching may encompass the following:

  • Enhancing interpersonal skills.
  • Providing fresh perspectives on challenges and opportunities.
  • Improving individual and organizational performance.
  • Setting both professional and organizational goals and developing plans to achieve them.
  • Identifying gaps in knowledge or skills, and determining the steps needed to close those gaps.
  • Building upon previous training.
  • Enhancing critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Feeling increased confidence in achieving self-determined work and life roles.

Additional Resources

Read more from the Executive Coaching Roundtable on “Practical Advice on Using an Executive Coach.”

Learn more about the impact of coaching by reading about the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund’s Coaching and Philanthropy Project, a wide-ranging effort to promote greater understanding of coaching in the nonprofit sector. See more here >

To access the Coaching and Philanthropy Project action guides and online toolkit: click here >