The Lonely World Of Nonprofit Leadership
You are awesome! Let us establish that upfront. You get up everyday trying to make the world a better place. You give your all for your cause. You sacrifice daily for those you serve. You do the job of at least 5 people. You are juggling community relations, donors, staff, clients, and Board relationships; doing it all with a smile on your face.
I know the drill. I've lived it, I breathed it, I felt it. I was all in as a Founder and pioneer for my cause for 10 years. I am now on the other side as a coach working with many leaders who are in your shoes. I know the road you walk is long, it's hard, it's messy, it's complicated, and sometimes you wonder how you are going to make it another week.
Jesus says "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." It sure doesn't feel like that sometimes. So how are you doing? How are holding up? Is anyone checking on you? Do you have a place to be real and vulnerable?
Leadership can be lonely. I say that because you are often the "go to person" the one who is supposed to have the answers. You are the cheerleader. You are the one who tries your best to stay positive through the fires...you lost a grant, you upset a donor, a client went back to her trafficker, a staff member is going through a melt down, etc. etc. etc.
Who is your "go to person"?
James 1:2-5: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Wisdom is reaching out when you need help. When you feel like your drowning. Don't carry this burden alone.