Essential Reads for Nonprofit Coaching

Navigating the Leadership Journey by Building A Coaching Culture

Are you ready to shift your organizational or department culture towards one that values people and increases engagement through coaching? Maybe your coaching skills just need some dusting off? Whether you’re a seasoned manager or just starting out, these handpicked books will provide invaluable insights and skills to guide your coaching endeavors.

1. “The Advice Trap” by Michael Bungay Stanier This book challenges the common pitfalls of giving advice and offers practical strategies to be a more effective coach. Stanier’s witty approach demystifies the coaching process, teaching you how to ask the right questions and empower your nonprofit team to find their own solutions.

2. “The Leadership Contract” by Vince Molinaro A fundamental read for anyone stepping into a coaching role, Molinaro outlines the responsibilities of leadership. It’s a blueprint for ethical leadership, emphasizing accountability, courage, and humility. Understanding these principles is crucial when guiding nonprofit teams through their challenges.

3. “Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Managers” by Judith Wilson and Michelle Gislason Tailored specifically for nonprofit professionals, this book delves into the nuances of coaching within the unique context of nonprofit organizations. It covers essential skills like active listening, fostering trust, and providing constructive feedback, equipping you with practical techniques for coaching success.

4. “The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence (You Can Actually Use)” by Kerry Goyette Emotional intelligence is a cornerstone of effective coaching. Goyette’s guide provides actionable insights into understanding and harnessing emotions, both yours and your team’s. Learn to navigate difficult situations with empathy and develop a deeper understanding of the human aspect of nonprofit management.

5. “Crucial Conversations” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler Difficult conversations are inevitable in any leadership role. This book offers a toolkit for approaching crucial discussions with confidence and respect. It’s an essential read for nonprofit coaches, helping you address sensitive topics and resolve conflicts constructively.

6. “The Coaching Habit” by Michael Bungay Stanier Another gem by Stanier, this book focuses on the power of asking transformative questions. Through seven essential questions, Stanier guides you in developing a habit of coaching that inspires change and drives results within your nonprofit team.

Unlock Your Full Coaching Potential with Partner for Better! At Partner for Better, we don’t just recommend books; we offer personalized coaching to help you implement these strategies effectively. Our experienced coaches provide tailored guidance, empowering nonprofit managers to become exceptional coaches themselves. Reach out to us today, we can help!