Using A Christian Executive Coach

By Katy Parfait

Christian leaders do just that - lead others, with the purpose of executing a vision. Those who lead and who are visionaries may not be particularly good as strategies and executing those strategies. This is where staff is hired to fill in those gaps and provide the missing pieces. A Christian Executive Coach is someone whose purpose is to fill voids in the lives of the leaders, serving a number of purposes as they push forward in their goals.

Though leaders are dedicated to their respective organizations, they, too, have multi-dimensional lives that are important outside of the organization. Leaders have families, friendships and communities that make up the greater whole. One purpose of having a coach is to help create a balance in every aspect of one's life at any given time. The coach will be able to remind the individual about this broader vision.

Secondly, your coach can be your motivation. Primary leaders lead; but, they lead alone. No one is there to make sure they do their job.

If a leader is not at the top of his game, the entire organization will suffer and so will the overall vision. It is impossible for anyone to function at 100% at all times. A coach can be a "life alarm", used to challenge, push and steer an individual in the right direction.

Finally, your coach should have the ability to be a wise sounding board for you. Leaders have a million terrific ideas, but not all of them should be tried. Use your coach as a sounding board to help you discern good ideas that are on track with your life goals from ones that are distractions. While no visionary likes to hear it, they all need to; give them permission to say, "that's not a good idea."

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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