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Strategic Leadership

Seizing Opportunities in Today’s Economy

Change is the only constant in today’s global, knowledge-based economy.  In this challenging environment, nonprofit leaders must have the ability to think and act strategically in order to translate the mission into objectives and develop plans and programs that will accomplish those objectives.  This program will help leaders better understand and manage the opportunities and risks to their organizations by focusing on personal and organizational leadership strategies.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Apply Online
    October 19-20, 2015
  • Apply Online
    October 24-25, 2016
  1. Senior nonprofit executives and active board members responsible for shaping the direction, mission and programs of their organization 
  2. Nonprofit CEOs, Executive Directors and major program managers looking for new tools and approaches to make their organizations perform effectively

During this course, you will learn:

  1. New ways to think strategically about organizational issues and challenges
  2. How to uncover true leadership style by discovering strengths, motivations and the conditions necessary for authentic and powerful leadership
  3. Exploration of values-based leadership and how this impacts personal leadership
  4. Opportunities to discuss and apply learning to specific situations within individual organizations
Strengths & Weaknesses of Good Leadership
  1. Understand the rapidly changing world & how to lead in this environment. Factors to consider are new competition, technology, globalization, generations and social networks.

Authentic Leadership
  1. Understand the power of authentic leadership by helping participants uncover their true leadership style by discovering strengths, motivations, and the conditions necessary for authentic and powerful leadership.
  2. Participants will have focused time to reflect on who they are as an authentic leader by focusing on authentic leadership strengths and authentic leadership integration.

When You Lead, Will Anyone Follow
  1. In this dynamic action learning session, participants will be asked to pre-read and assess a case study utilizing the learning objectives from Monday’s lectures. In small groups, participants will debrief the case study and write a “strategic thinking plan” for the protagonist. Each person in the group will present his or her ideas to the team. The team will then present a cohesive leadership plan to the entire class. By studying and discussing the case, participants will be able to recognize their own strengths and weakness as leaders.

Leadership Styles

  1. For leaders to be effective, they need to develop their own distinctive styles of influence and motivation. We will discuss the various elements that make up leadership styles, as well as rhetorical tools and strategies for motivating others to take action.

Michele Rogers - Academic Director; Clinical Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Executive Education and Director of Chicago Partnerships

Brenda Ellington-Booth - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Richard Honack - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Brayden King - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Brooke Vuckovic - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

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

Wieboldt Hall

Kellogg Conference Center
340 East Superior Street
Maps and Directions

Programs typically start promptly at 8:30 am and end by 5:00 pm each day. Once you have registered and paid for a program, you will receive a detailed schedule which includes daily start/end times, session titles, and faculty names.

Program Fees
All two and three-day programs cost $950.00 each. Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations.

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

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