What Makes a Superior Leader? Creating and Mastering a Successful Leadership Style
Your skills and experience have prepared you to serve as an executive director or board leader. But education and experience don’t necessarily prepare us for the specific demands of nonprofit leadership. How well do you know your own leadership style? Are you democratic, paternalistic, a delegator, an autocrat, a collaborator, a coach or a steward? Effective leadership is not something that happens by accident, nor does it have to be inherent. Even if you believe that leadership is not something that can be taught, it most certainly can be developed. It is the successful leader who recognizes the skills he or she needs to focus upon and hones them in support of the specific role as organization leader. You start by developing a consciousness of your own style, the example you set for others and how your style impacts on your organization.
This class is for current and future executives who aspire to be the leader their organization deserves: one who motivates, inspires, earns trust and get results. We will explore the essence of nonprofit leadership while looking at the leadership styles of others to develop an understanding of the traits that make for successful leaders and distinguish them from managers, understanding the strategy behind the words: “I don’t like to be managed. But if you lead me, I’ll follow you anywhere.” (unknown).
Audience: Executive directors, board members, senior staff, those who aspire to leadership.
Certificate Programs: Nonprofit Management
Date: April 25th, 2017
Location: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Address: 1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Laura Otten, Ph.D., has been the director of The Nonprofit Center since 2001. She began her affiliation with The Nonprofit Center shortly after it was formed in the early 1980s, working as a consultant and trainer, primarily in the areas of board development, strategic planning and program evaluation and she continues to play these roles, in addition to providing direction and leadership to The Nonprofit Center’s educational, consulting, and leadership development programs. In 2013, she helped launch and became the first director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership at La Salle University. Laura is a national expert in numerous aspects of nonprofit