Management and Leadership in Nonprofits

 

Leading With Legacy

Oct 26, 2017
By: Tammy T. Jelinek
Nonprofits

What do you mean I have to coach all the time?!?!

I am a leader. And for me leadership means so much. I lead as a new partner in a CPA and consulting firm. I lead people, projects, and lasting impacts for the legacy of the firm. I lead me. I lead those who are more tenured than I am as they transition into retirement. And I lead the next generation of leaders, who will not lead the same way the generations before them have led. That’s a lot of leading—right?!?!

Confused yet? Because some days I am. 

No worries, I have a go-to suggestion—coaching. I love the coaching part of my job. And coaching is my go-to as a leader. Telling adults what to do is fruitless; it may work for a while, but eventually it’s a long, uphill battle. So I prefer to coach. 

My first “aha!” when it came to coaching (and I will share many more through this blog) was that coaching is not an event—you know, a once-a-month thing during scheduled one-on-one meetings.

Coaching is active in every: 

  • Conversation (verbal or written)
  • Action (because actions “speak” louder than words)
  • Decision I make (or don’t make)

When I remember this, my days go better. When I forget this, my days can get muuuuuuuuuch longer. 

Do you have a coaching go-to? Share, please. It’s always great when leaders can learn from others!

Wishing you a great day, and remember . . . Lead with legacy.
Tammy


Tammy Jelinek has over 20 years of experience in working in and with fabulous organizations. This blog will explore what it’s like for her to lead as a woman, as a GenXer, and as a person who truly wants to lead with legacy—meaning she wants to walk her talk. Tammy has trained nationally across the United States, built businesses, coached amazing people, and built a career in the squiggliest path known to man…or in this case, woman. She has a passion for being curious, helping people, and making actions happen. 

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