How to develop leadership skills to lead your nonprofit team in 3 weeks

  • When you learn to manage your emotions, you can stay composed during a meeting even though you get triggered.
  • TRY THIS: Managing Your Emotions at Work
  • When you learn the difference between coaching and corrective conversations, you spend more time coaching your employees than correcting them.
  • TRY THIS: Creating Comfortable Coaching Conversations
  • When you learn what not to put on the supervision meeting agendas, even though everyone else tells you you should, you find staff meetings way more effective at building your team and having them do what they’re supposed to do.
  • TRY THIS: Staff Supervision That Transforms
  1. Slow down, pick one topic, and learn about it in different ways.
  2. Consider how the concepts translate into your world.
  3. Apply the concepts.
  4. See if they work, what needs work, and try again.
  • Read a book
  • Take a course
  • Interview people
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Do online research
  1. Write about the concepts and how they relate to your work.
  2. Have a conversation with someone else who’s learning about the same thing and talk about how it applies to your work
  3. Create a tool measurement for scoring your implementation. For example, in Wellness at Work, my students measure their engagement at work and see if it changes. They use a Likert scale to measure:
  • How involved were you in what mattered most at WORK?
  • On a scale of 1–10, how much time were you (1) Fighting Fires or (10) focusing on what matters most?
  • Were you enthusiastic most days at WORK?
  • On a scale of 1–10, how much time were you (1) drained or (10) enthusiastic?
  • Did you feel committed, not trapped, to your work & workplace?
  • On a scale of 1–10, how much time were you (1) feeling trapped or (10) feeling committed
  1. Do I feel like I’ve learned enough about this topic? What else do I need to learn?
  2. Do I feel I’ve spent enough time strategizing how the ideas fit into my work? Where needs more attention?
  3. What’s the next step with this topic for me? When will I take it?



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Kathy Archer

Kathy Archer


Helping women leaders make it in the nonprofit world. Leadership Development Coach * Best-Selling Author * Wife * Mom * Grandma * Mom to one boxer named Zeus!