Your Secret Ingredient Is . . A Culture of Candor
Transparent, Honest, Curious
Congratulations on building a Culture of Candor!
Your efforts are crucial to continuously improving your organization’s decision making and impact. You know that hiding, dismissing or ignoring realities doesn’t help anyone in the organization.
In fact, your gold standard is a team that is open about the opportunities, tensions and challenges they face because you love transforming conflict and tension into opportunities to grow and learn.
Plus, your listening skills are the best!
How Do I Lead With Candor?
Here are ways you’re most likely leading already, because they are tried and true methods for creating a Culture of Candor.
And hey . . if you notice something on this list that you’re not doing, try it out!
You already have the inclination towards building a Culture of Candor, so why not amplify your recipe for success?
You express your challenges, thoughts and opinions in a professional, productive manner
You are intentional about holding consistent conversations to create a healthy level of honest and open communication at your organization
You have processes and avenues for your team members to address gossip, and share information heard ‘off-line’, so nothing festers
You practice transparency beginning with the hiring process, and continuing through the evaluation and management structures put in place
You strive to create a learning environment with clear goals and expectations, ways to ask for help when it is needed and a structured review process
You value self-reflection and professional growth - and your team members know it
What else might be helpful to add to your recipe for leadership success?
There are four leadership postures that successful nonprofit executive directors incorporate into their cultures:
The beauty of these postures is that no matter the situation or skill level of the individuals involved, they are accessible and achievable for anyone willing to do the emotional work of being in productive, authentic relationships.
Check them out below and see what sounds good to you!
Hi, I'm Michele!
I’m an executive coach who focuses on helping ambitious nonprofit leaders amplify their intuition, insights and impact.
With 30+ experience leading, directing and volunteering at national and local non-profits, I know what it takes to run an organization from all sides.
Nonprofit work is inspiring and powerful. Yet, it can also be challenging.
Clients often come to me overwhelmed, isolated and facing unrealistic expectations. During our time together we are able to unravel what leadership skills are working for them - and what aren’t, expand their repertoire, and keep their passion alive so they thrive in their roles.
Let's stay connected, now that we’ve met!