Dear Members and Guests,
In January, Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE led fundraisers through CFRE Fundamentals and How To Ace the Exam and Ethics and Accountability. Thank you to Linda and to all the participants for attending. We’ll be cheering for you as you finalize preparations and take the exam.
Our February 3 professional development seminar was the first of a three-part series on leadership. We’ll continue our work with Coach Bex Bassin on March 3.
Never before have nonprofit organizations and leaders been tested as we have been throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been forced to implement new strategies in fundraising, operations, and staffing. While reports of successful adaptability abound, so do reports of leadership’s stress, overwork, and fatigue. One way to combat the pandemics’ overall impact on us and our organizations is through coaching.
Many of us in the fundraising field have learned that sometimes it's easier to do things ourselves rather than ask for help. While efficient in the short term, learning to ask for help and to delegate or outsource certain tasks is a sign of a strong leader. By asking for help, we build relationships, preserve our energy for what we're best suited for and create opportunities for others on our team. Leadership coaching provides wide-ranging benefits. Coaching has an immediate and direct effect on individual performance by helping leaders become more effective, self-aware, and strategic. Effective leadership extends to the entire organization and has a measurable impact on the organization’s bottom line. In short, coaching is about building our emotional intelligence and outstanding leaders exhibit emotional intelligence. Leadership guru Warren Bennis wrote, “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.”
While it may feel a little uncomfortable at first, coaching can help us succeed in our job in ways we didn't know were possible. Many of the world's top leaders work with coaches to help them clarify vision and strategy, recognize where they need to learn and grow, and move forward in the right direction.
Please join us March 3, and May 12 as C-suite Fundraiser and Leadership Coach Bex Bassin explores, Recovering More Quickly, and Conflict Management.
Nancy J. Ackerman, CFRE