Maximizing Team Effectiveness: Building & Leading High Impact Teams

Essential leadership skills for strengthening team performance

A leader’s focus on enhancing team engagement and amplifying team performance is critical. This comprehensive program is designed to help you become a more effective leader capable of building and leading high-performing teams. You'll gain valuable insight into team dynamics and leadership skills, learning how to optimize team member performance by leveraging their knowledge, skills, and strengths. With guidance from our expert Kellogg faculty, you'll be able to boost team management skills like giving and receiving feedback, negotiations and running effective meetings.

Our program content goes beyond the basics, covering topics like team design, diversity, and the art of complementing each other's gifts to achieve peak team performance. You'll learn how to foster a culture of feedback, where team members can share ideas to improve team effectiveness. We'll help you identify the unique forces that contribute to employee success and failure, equipping you with core coaching skills for preparing others for leadership. You'll also learn communication strategies to optimize relationships and discover the benefits of job-crafting to create more engaging work environments.

Center for Nonprofit Management

VIDEO: Learn more from Professor Andrew Sykes & Academic Director Elise Madrick


Who Should Attend

  • Nonprofit leaders and executives responsible for leading and managing teams

Key Benefits

  • Learn to more effectively build and lead high impact teams
  • Maximize the effectiveness of those on your team by leveraging knowledge, skills and strengths
  • Learn practical strategies for team negotiations
  • Gain specific team management skills such as giving and receiving feedback and running effective meetings
  • Improve team communication through intentional language acts

Program Content

Leading High Performance Teams

  • Understand factors that improve team performance and effective leadership strategies to leverage the team
  • Explore the key analytical and interpersonal skills to manage and coordinate teams
  • Learn concrete strategies for team engagement

Leading a Diverse Team: Team Design & Launch

  • Understand different dimensions of group and team dynamics and to distinguish between effective and ineffective teams
  • Explore and think about the importance of team design and launch
  • Learn a framework to be used as a guide for leading and participating in teams

Developing a Culture of Feedback

  • 2x2 feedback formula and 3 common traps that limit feedback
  • Learn how to give, receive and ask for feedback
  • Understand how to keep feedback requests fresh and relevant over time
  • Engage your team in creating a culture of performance

Negotiations for Teams

  • Explore the fundamentals of negotiation strategy
  • Improve leadership skills in all phases of negotiation
  • Understand the core insights from negotiation theory
  • Identify practical strategies applied to optimizing team negotiations, dispute resolution, and negotiation ethics

Running Effective Meetings

  • Learn the common traps and expert moves to “pivot to purpose” to ensure meetings stay on track and achieve their purpose and benefit
  • Explore how to run meetings with fellow team members and co-facilitators, ensuring roles are clearly defined and handoffs are smooth
  • Discover how to close meetings with power, style and panache

Developing a Language for Performance

  • Understand how language creates the future and determines the speed and effectiveness of teams
  • Learn the five language acts and when and how to use each one to communicate with power
  • Understand why agreeing on the conditions of satisfaction for promises ensures clarity and cooperation


Elise Madrick - Associate Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs

Ivuoma Onyeador - Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

Maryam Kouchaki - Professor of Management & Organizations

Andrew W. Sykes - Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Nour Kteily - Professor of Management & Operations

Accommodations, Fees & Policies


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

Wieboldt Hall
339 E Chicago Ave.
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 scholarship requests are reviewed by our Registrar and any scholarships granted will be charged to your credit card.


  • If you request a scholarship, your credit card is submitted upon registration and will be charged once your request is approved (allow 1-2 business days for review).
  • If you do not request a scholarship, your credit card will be charged upon application submission.
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 two rollovers, after the second 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 21 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