Using A Christian Executive Coach

By Katy Parfait

As a Christian leader, we lead people. We are attempting to execute a vision. People fill in our gaps. Leaders and visionaries are not necessarily good at execution and tactics. As a result, we hire staff to fill those voids. Christian Executive Coaches step into similar voids in our life. Generally, a good coach for us will serve several purposes as we strive to accomplish our leadership objectives.

First, while we are leading our organization, the organization is not the "whole me". We have other aspects of our lives as leaders that matter to us. We have families, spiritual lives, friendships and community relationships that are part of our broader life vision. A primary objective for using a coach is to make sure they are carrying all of those objectives at the same time. Use your coach to make sure you don't forget about the "whole you".

A coach also motivates. Leaders very often lead by themselves. They don't have anyone monitoring what they do.

If a leader does not show up or fails to do that which he or she is supposed to do, then the organization is likely to suffer and therefore the vision suffers. It is impossible for an individual to be switched on at all times. As such, a coach acts as an alarm to challenge, motivate and direct as necessary.

Last but not least, the coach acts as a sounding board. Leaders have many ideas and concepts, but some of these should be left as such. A good coach will help to determine what is a distraction and what is conducive to one's life goals. As much as a person may not like to have an idea of theirs dismissed, everyone needs the reality check sometimes.

Getting a Christian Executive Coach means investing in your success. This is an important safety net. This is the person who will help you stay on track.

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