Many ESCs provides one-on-one coaching to executive directors or their staff. Coaches can also work with teams or coach board chairs and other members of a board of directors. Coaching provides support, greater clarity, development of leadership skills and many other benefits.

Executive coaching addresses

  • Self-assessment
  • Changing management approach
  • Team building
  • Managing stress
  • Relationship issues with board or staff
  • Improving productivity
  • Communication skills
  • Facilitating transitions
  • Addressing difficult behaviors/issues
  • Sounding board on organizational dynamics


Research on organizations that have taken advantage of coaching finds the following impacts:

  • Stronger leadership capabilities
  • Improved knowledge of oneself and how to respond and work with others
  • Enhanced knowledge of tools and resources available to increase job performance
  • Reduced stress and improved productivity