December AL!VE Academy: Leading With, and For, Compassion presented by Leah Thibodeau
Leading With, and For, Compassion
Description and learning objectives of your presentation:
If you’re leading volunteers, you’re leading helpers. Helpers typically begin their service with great energy, diligence, and care. In time, however, we may notice a change in a volunteer’s attitude and overall demeanor. Are they bored? Not engaged? Do they need more snacks in the break room? Or, could it be something much more serious?
Repeatedly working with people in need can, in time, leave us feeling cynical and apathetic. Whether it's our coworkers, volunteers, or the people we serve, there may be times that we find ourselves not acting as generously as we'd like. We may claim to be a compassionate bunch, yet our thoughts, words, and deeds might not match this perception we have of ourselves. As leaders of volunteers, we have a unique opportunity to bring awareness to this dichotomy and bring compassion back to the core of our organization’s culture.
Leading with compassion is known to improve innovation, quality, collaboration, retention, adaptability to change, and engagement. Join our discussion in which we’ll examine the building blocks of compassion competence throughout our organizations, and what we can do to personally cultivate compassion in our lives.
About the Presenter:
Leah is the Volunteer Program Manager at St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, WI. There she leads more than 300 volunteers in their mission of fighting hunger and sustaining hope. As the president of Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association, Leah connects with and supports her colleagues from across the state.
A leader in volunteer engagement, Leah is passionate about connecting volunteers to the bigger picture of their work. She recognizes volunteerism as daily acts of compassion and strives to make people aware of their inherently compassionate nature. Also known as The Compassion Coach, Leah provides training on compassion fatigue, leading with and for compassion, and compassion for self. As a certified Catalyst Coach, she provides individual coaching for people moved to explore the material on a more personal level.