I have been blessed to work for 3 great family serving organizations in Boston, Hartford, and Ewa Beach, Hawaii in my 42-year social work career. I started on the front lines and moved into supervision of MSW students and group treatment staff, and then a middle management position as District Director before moving to Hartford, CT where I moved into senior management and became the CEO after a national search in 2002 before coming to Hawaii in 2006 as the CEO of Child & Family Service Hawaii. I retired October 1, 2017 and have launched my consulting firm called “Leaders 4 Futures LLC” to provide executive coaching and leadership development to the next generation of nonprofit leaders.
In Hawaii I am a recipient of the Ho‘okele Leadership Award and a graduate of the PONO leadership training program. I am also the graduate of two intensive executive leadership training programs nationally and in Hartford, CT. Recently I became certified in two leadership behavioral inventories: Social Style and DISC Cert. I am providing training in these two approaches that build greater self-awareness for leaders and help them improve their interpersonal effectiveness. I have presented on numerous leadership related topics at national and local conferences.
It is estimated that about 40% of leadership in the nonprofit sector will turn over in the next 4 years creating a potentially huge leadership deficit. That is why new leadership will be needed for these organizations. Having just successfully mentored and coached my successor who was selected after a national search, I hope to help other next generation leaders to move into senior and executive leadership positions including the CEO position in the nonprofit sector.
I believe effective leaders need to be very self-aware and remain open to learning and new ideas. I focus on leaders’ strengths believing that the best leaders play to their strengths and build leadership teams that complement them in areas where they are less strong. For coaching, I think “fit” is very important as coaching is a personal experience for the “coachee” and coach and trust and comfort with each other is an essential ingredient for a successful coaching relationship. I will only choose to work with someone with whom this “fit” is mutually determined to be there and for whom I believe I can provide helpful support and teaching. Leadership is a people task and I utilize two leadership behavioral inventories that help leaders improve their interpersonal effectiveness by understanding first how they are perceived by others and then helping them be more versatile in meeting the different needs that others they work with have based on their different behavioral styles.
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