Strategic Leadership: Leading the Self

The Traits of a Progressive Leader

Guided by Kellogg’s expert faculty through lectures, hands-on exercises and interactive dialogue, you will explore how to maximize your own performance and engage and inspire others to action by communicating a sense of purpose, values and vision.

You will also 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 will learn to become the change you want to see in your organization and align yourself with an adaptive and growth-based mindset.

This program is offered in a live virtual format. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. You will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Strengthen your leadership impact


Who Should Attend

  • Senior nonprofit, government/public sector and non-governmental organization executives
  • Nonprofit CEOs, executive directors and major program managers looking for new tools and approaches to improve 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

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

Creating Your Leadership Guideposts

  • Effectively craft a Leadership Purpose Statement that encapsulates what they want to embody as a leader
  • Effectively craft a Leadership Principles Document that encapsulates the core tenets they will always seek to utilize when leading
  • Effectively craft a Personal Experiences Map that encapsulates the key functional and managerial experiences you are committed to pursuing over a two-year period

Leadership Presence: The Surprising Traits that Differentiate Leaders from the Pack

  • Examine the impressions and judgements others make about your character
  • Identify the leadership traits that make you valuable
  • Learn strategies to build leadership credibility and influence others


Elise Madrick Townsend - Academic Director; Senior Program Administrator

Bernie Banks - Associate Dean for Leadership Development; Clinical Professor of Management

Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management

Loran Nordgren - Professor of Management & Organizations

Accommodations, Fees & Policies


This program is delivered in a live virtual format via the Zoom platform. Please visit our live virtual programs page for more information.

In-person 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. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.

Hospitality during the Program

We strive to provide healthy meal choices for our participants for breakfast, lunch and breaks. We typically provide a range of choices, including some vegetarian-friendly and gluten-avoidant selections. We cannot meet all dietary preferences, but we will do our best to accommodate health restrictions, religious restrictions and food allergies.


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.

Approved By CFRE


Full participation in this Kellogg Nonprofit Executive Education program entitles you to 14 points in Category 1.B—Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Note: Participants who wish to apply for continuing education points on their CFRE application for initial certification and/or recertification will be able to access a tracking form on the course site, once they register for the program.

Learn More

Please email or call us if you would like additional information about Nonprofit Programs

Kellogg School of Management

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