Effective School Leadership

Position your school for excellence

Today’s school leadership teams are expected to articulate and communicate vision and strategy as well as motivate and mentor a diverse, talented workforce, all while inspiring others to build a strong, sustainable culture of achieving high standards of academic excellence. At the same time, effective educational leaders need to deepen their own skills to fulfill their personal leadership potential. This newly designed program will allow participants to enhance and deepen their management and leadership skills and help them lead with a more compelling sense of mission and purpose.

Combining the research of academic faculty with the expertise of nonprofit practitioners, this newly-designed, three day program will provide school leaders with leading edge theory in investing, maintaining and leveraging social capital, in taking a different approach to changing minds and behavior within their teams and the broader school community and looking introspectively at their own personal executive presence. This exciting educational experience provides an opportunity for school leaders to network and share best practices and challenges with each other.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Learn how to lead and serve a diverse group of stakeholders


Who Should Attend

  • Superintendents, Principals, Assistant/Associate Principals, Lead Teachers
  • School Senior Leadership Teams
  • Board Members
  • Instructional Leaders

Participants are encouraged to come as a team. However, there will be a limit of four team members per school

Key Benefits

  • To lead with a greater sense of purpose and mission
  • To utilize coaching as a tool for greater leadership success within your schools
  • To equip senior leaders with practical strategies to develop and nurture the talent of those you lead and with whom you work
  • To learn about the critical role of social capital as the fuel for 21st Century Leadership
  • To learn the key components that make up Executive Presence and to diagnose key areas where you can improve
  • To learn the science of behavior change
  • To structure your physical environment to cause behavioral change within your teams
  • To enhance and deepen the individual leadership skills of participants
  • To build a network of peers and mentors to support continued professional growth and development

Program Content

The Leader as Coach

  • To help school leaders understand a powerful model for establishing a coaching relationship and how to implement it
  • To use this model with a classmate to identify a meaningful leadership issue and track its progress over time
  • To equip participants with coaching strategies to apply this model with their colleagues

Connected: Leadership and the Power of Social Capital

  • To learn about the critical role of social capital as the fuel for 21st century leadership
  • To give leaders the opportunity to diagnose their social network and opportunities for growth
  • To offer leaders practical strategies for investing in, maintaining and leveraging social capital

Generating Better Ideas with Your Team

  • To learn about barriers to individual and group idea generation
  • To use professional ideation techniques to amplify your team’s ability to generate creative and practical ideas
  • To learn a method for structuring focused, engaging ideation sessions
  • To elevate your leadership skills to get better ideas from diverse teammates

Executive Presence

  • The key components that make up executive presence – that elusive quality that telegraphs to others that you are a leader worth listening to
  • How to diagnose key areas where you can improve and apply specific tools for improvement
  • How to give feedback effectively to the people that you lead and mentor on developing their own presence

Behavioral Design: A New Approach to Changing Minds and Behavior

  • To learn the science of behavior change
  • How to identify the behavioral challenges of your internal and external stakeholders
  • To structure your physical environment to cause behavioral change
  • To learn strategies and techniques to change these behavioral challenges


Jane Hoffman - Academic Director; Assistant Director of Custom Programs, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Liz Gerber - Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Fred Harburg - Clinical Professor of Executive Education; Executive Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI)

Loran Nordgren - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

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

Kellogg School of Management

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