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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
Session Date Cost
October 20-21, 2014 $950 Apply
October 19-20, 2015 $950 Apply

  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. Effective ways to communicate vision and values while exploring the concept of the leader as storyteller
  3. How to uncover true leadership style by discovering strengths, motivations and the conditions necessary for authentic and powerful 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.

Strategic Leadership: Communicating Vision & Values

  1. Explore how leaders engage others by communicating vision, message, core purpose and “story”
  2. Examine ways in which leaders understand the context and negotiate to get their message heard
  3. Explore the leader’s journey and identify links between daily experiences and leadership behavior

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

Action Learning Session

  1. Participants will work in small groups and think of an upcoming presentation or conversation in which they will need to deliver a persuasive or motivational communication. They will then think of a personal learning story that illustrates the point they want to make. The story should link with a significant team/organization issue and help illuminate the point they want to make.
  2. In the groups, each participant will have a chance to share their story. One person from each group will be chosen to share with the entire class and get feedback from classmates & professors.
Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Brenda Ellington-Booth - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Richard Honack - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Brooke Vuckovic - 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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