Strategic Leadership

The Traits of a Progressive Leader

Guided by Kellogg’s expert faculty through lectures, hands-on exercises and interactive dialogue, you’ll explore how to maximize your own performance and engage and inspire others to action by communicating a sense of purpose, values and vision. You’ll examine the strengths, motivations and conditions necessary for authentic and powerful leadership, learn the behaviors that differentiate leaders with extraordinary impact, and develop your own “story” or personal narrative for strengthening your leadership impact in your organizations. You'll learn to become the change you want to see in your organization and align yourself with an adaptive and growth-based mindset.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Strengthen your leadership impact


Who Should Attend

  • Senior nonprofit and non-governmental organization executives and active board members responsible for shaping the direction, mission and programs of their organizations
  • Nonprofit CEOs, executive directors and major program managers looking for new tools and approaches to improve organizational performance and effectiveness

Key Benefits

  • Learn new ways to think strategically about organizational issues and challenges
  • Uncover your true leadership style by discovering strengths, motivations and the conditions necessary for authentic and powerful leadership
  • Harness the power of story to develop your own leadership narrative and vision to motivate others
  • Create an environment for moving your organization and constituents to meaningful and lasting action

Program Content

Leadership styles

  • Explore the importance of developing your own distinctive style of influence and motivation
  • Examine the elements that make up leadership styles, including rhetorical tools and strategies for motivating others to action.

Authentic leadership

  • Leverage the power of authentic leader by discovering your true leadership style— the strengths, motivations, and conditions necessary for authentic and powerful leadership.
  • Focus on who you are as an authentic leader by examining authentic leadership strengths and authentic leadership integration.

Leading with vision and purpose: What’s your story?

  • Learn how to maximize your performance and engage and inspire others by communicating a sense of purpose, values and vision
  • Understand the daily behaviors that differentiate leaders with extraordinary impact
  • Focus on how leaders identify and develop their own “Story,” or personal narrative
  • Explore how to create a collective identity “Story” that communicates a compelling and inspiring vision
  • Build strong followership, create value and generate significant impact through leadership.
  • Distinguish “Story” from “story” and learn how to communicate your identity Story, vision and values through the practice of storytelling

Values-Based Leadership: The Decision Warriors

Learn how to make better decisions and avoid errors by making sense of the values and biases data. Work together in interactive sessions to understand the concepts of loss aversion, confirmation bias and other decision-making biases people encounter. Discuss leading organization change by overcoming barriers to effective communication.


Naini Serohi - Academic Director; Program Administrator Senior, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Brooke Vuckovic - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

Fees & Accommodations


Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.

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Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation for Nonprofit Programs

Upcoming Sessions

November 7-8, 2017

Start: November 7 at 8:30 AM

End: November 8 at 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Chicago campus


Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208