Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership
Mentoring and coaching for leadership should be a strategic management tool. A key administrative leader has left your institution. Maybe it was a retirement or another opportunity in higher ed administration. The initial and sometimes pervasive institutional response may be, “We need to do a search, and we may wish to consider hiring an interim leader to replace Sarah”.
Naming an Acting Director
Are a search and an interim placement the best options? What’s the leadership potential of existing staff members who are now Assistant or Associate Directors? Maybe moving an existing staff member into the role of “Acting Director” is a possibility. They may have the educational credentialing and work experience after serving your institution for five to seven years in a progressively responsible capacity. Potentially they could be your “hidden gem” for the permanent director role with appropriate experience, mentoring, and coaching. You know them; the institution likes and respects them; they have the potential, but they could use some professional coaching and mentoring to put it all together: leadership, communications, integration within your administrative structures, and needed exposure to the key constituents with whom they will be working as an institutional leader.
The Value of Coaching and Mentoring
focusEDU provides coaching and mentoring of internally qualified professionals, preparing them to assume leadership roles. We offer the training they need to help them develop into progressive directors for your administrative offices. focusEDU has nationally acclaimed leaders in the professions of admissions, registrar, financial aid, and student financial services (bursar operations) who can do just that. We work directly with your selected candidate providing four to eight hours per week of leadership coaching and mentoring. We work with these potential candidates for that position you need over a four to six-month period, and we provide progress reports to you on a regular basis.
Now you might worry that, after the mentoring and coaching, they wind up leaving your institution. Well, on the other hand, what if they don’t get the mentoring and coaching and they stay? This option is a meaningful, cost-effective, and productive consideration for you and your institution. It is a career path for that individual who is nurtured through professional training and development by professional coaching and mentoring. It is cost-effective. It generates goodwill with your institutional community. There are no “downsides”.
Please contact us for a discussion of leadership and staff development of leaders who already exist on your staff. We look forward to having a discussion.