A nonprofit leader I coach recently started as the CEO of an organization that’s a significant step up in budget, staff and size from the charity she was with prior. From the outside, this new job might look like a random opportunity that presented itself at the right moment. It happens. The truth is; however, that her applying for, being offered and accepting this role was so much more. It was the culmination of a well thought out approach to to thriving in her prior role, building out the organization and it’s team (both staff and board) all while keeping an eye on the next ideal step in her career progression.
I’m highlighting the above as leaders often want to be coached on how to strike that delicate balance between serving at a high level in a current role while being mindful of what’s next. Since I believe this leader did such a masterful job of this, I wanted to share the best practices she utilized. If you find yourself in this inquiry, hopefully these suggestions will be helpful and support you in your career journey.
First off, the leader I’m referring to truly models intention, integrity and clear direction. When we first started our coaching work together, the first thing she wanted to focus on was helping her team grow and develop professionally. No agenda about her whatsoever - just a pure commitment to seeing the team she worked with be better and create results more effectively.
Ultimately, my client continued to make solid contributions toward the growth of her organization while casting an eye over the horizon. This is an art form: staying committed while having an inner knowing that it’s time to start thinking beyond the now. She achieved this by doing the following: