Columbia Business School Executive Education

Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals

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Columbia Business School Executive Education
In New York City (USA)

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Location New york city (USA)
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People devoted to working in the nonprofit sector often require specialized professional knowledge and skills, but may not have received training in leadership and management. Managers, in particular, are in the unique position of overseeing others while also answering to their organization’s leadership.

The intensive six-day Developing Leaders Program addresses both of these challenges.

The program prepares nonprofit managers to support their organization’s mission by exposing them to key management concepts and providing tools to better navigate their position within the organization.

The program offers formal training in fundamental elements of strategic management and covers such critical skills as the planning and implementing of organizational change, negotiating effectively, and increasing one’s self-awareness.

Through lectures, simulations, small-group work, one hour of 1:1 coaching following a 360-degree evaluation, and peer discussions, participants integrate management fundamentals with real-world applications. The peer network created during the Developing Leaders Program becomes an invaluable source of continued support.

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New York City
3022 Broadway, NY 10027, New York, USA
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3022 Broadway, NY 10027, New York, USA
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Rebecca Shore
4.5 02/04/2019
About the course: I went into the week nervous about my deficits as a leader. I finished the week confident in my opportunities to build on my skills to be an effective leader and coach
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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Adrian Calderon
4.5 02/04/2019
About the course: The Developing Leaders Program is transformational for any leader and will turn your discomfort into tools for growing yourself and your organization.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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Jillian Green
5.0 01/04/2019
About the course: The program was life-changing for me. I feel so much more aware of my strengths and weaknesses as a leader and how I can improve to move up in my career. To learn all of this and to get to spend the week with such amazing professors and emerging nonprofi...
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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Shannon Schneeman
4.5 01/04/2019
About the course: The program effectively combined really insightful theoretical approaches to leadership but also provided individualized feedback and tools to immediately implement at our organization. Exhausting but great week!
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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Brian Lewis
5.0 01/04/2019
About the course: Far exceeded my expectations. Was a highly personalized, deeply effective experience that provided new insights, language, and paradigms for strengthening my work.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Strategic Management
Performance Management
Conflict Resolution
Marketing Strategy
Communication Skills
Communication Skills
Strategic Management
Departmental priorities
Fiscal constraints

Course programme


Participants in the Developing Leaders Program are exposed to fundamentals of strategic management that they can immediately put into practice. Learning is reinforced through lecture, discussion, small-group work, and 1:1 executive coaching.

By the time participants have completed the program, they will have a greater awareness of their leadership and management style, as well as additional skills that all rising talent need to succeed.

Topics covered during the six-day program include the following:
  • Balancing leader and manager roles and responsibilities
  • Using mission and vision to set strategic program and departmental priorities, and making change actually happen
  • Developing skill and methods for effective delegation and performance management
  • Understanding and recognizing leadership and communications styles of oneself and others
  • Managing to mission under fiscal constraints
  • Building effective marketing programs for generating public awareness and support
  • Acquiring essential skills for negotiating and conflict resolution.
  • Becoming more self-aware of one's managerial style, en route to becoming a more effective leader
  • Upon completion of this program, you will earn six days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.

We are grateful for the support of our foundation partners:
  • The Booth Ferris Foundation
  • The Clark Foundation
  • The Tiger Foundation
  • The Robin Hood Foundation
  • The Centerbridge Foundation
  • The Pinkerton Foundation
  • New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards
  • Real Time Grantmaking Award
  • The Asfari Foundation
  • The Miami Foundation
  • Columbia Community Service

Additional information

Please contact Matthew Harty at 212-854-1617 for a personal conversation to learn more. The application deadline is October 11, 2018.

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