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.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Strengthen your leadership impact


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.

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 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

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

Leadership Presence: Building Your Personal Brand

  • Explore the first impression you make and how it affects peoples’ perception of you
  • Examine how these largely unconscious judgments are made
  • Use insights to define and craft your leadership brand

Fostering Inclusion in Your Leadership Strategy

  • Learn about the sociocultural patterning of mind and behavior
  • Develop strategies to leverage the benefits of diversity
  • Foster inclusion to strengthen your own leadership skills


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

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

Brayden King - Max McGraw Chair in Management and the Environment; Professor of Management & Organizations; Chair of Management & Organizations Department

Loran Nordgren - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Nicole Stephens - Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

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. 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.


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.

Learn More

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

2019 Sessions

September 16-17, 2019

Start: September 16 at 8:30 AM

End: September 17 at 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Chicago campus


Scholarships Available

Kellogg School of Management

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