Management and Leadership in Nonprofits


Leading With Legacy

Oct 26, 2017
By: Tammy T. Jelinek

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 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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Vacation Brain - DITTO

By Monique Easterling 10/27/2017 12:13:18 AM

Hi Tammy, I really enjoyed reading your story. It sounds so much like something I do. I tried to take some time off recently (stay-cation) and got sick while out. Found myself checking & responding emails and making the attempt to go in. Supervisor recommend I do not go to work. I love your motto to Lead with legacy. I am looking forward to a VACATION away from home & a kid to refresh my mind, body, soul and my HEART- love that one too. Never thought about relaxing my heart. My child really keeps that going. Will keep you posted. Thanks so much for sharing.

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