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Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals


The intensive Developing Leaders Program prepares managers to support their organizations' overarching goals by exposing them to key management concepts.

The program offers formal training in fundamental elements of strategic management, including how to use financial data for strategic decision making, and also covers critical areas in leadership, such as the planning and implementing of organizational change, negotiating effectively, and self-awareness.

Through lectures, simulations, small group work, and peer discussions, participants integrate management fundamentals with real-world applications.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

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  • Develop specific program or department vision and strategy in support of overall agency mission.
  • Generate relevant performance and financial data to justify resource allocation proposals.
  • Prepare and advocate for innovative program and departmental initiatives.
  • Exercise personal leadership effectively in dealing with difficult personnel situations.
  • Open and sustain effective teamwork within and across programs and departments.

Upon completion of this program, you will earn six days towards a Certificate in Business Excellence. Learn more.


Participants are exposed to fundamentals of strategic management and integrate this content with real-world applications that they can immediately put into practice. Learning is reinforced through lecture, discussion, small-group work, and a personal strategic analysis project.

Topics include
  • 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.
  • Applying powerful tools for resource allocation and program performance assessment.
  • Managing to mission under fiscal constraints in tough times.
  • Building effective marketing programs for generating public awareness and support.
  • Creating and executing effective efforts for fundraising and resource development.
  • 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.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

Audience & Testimonials

Created for upcoming leaders in an organization, this week-long program prepares managers to support their organizations’ overarching goals. Participants learn the fundamentals of strategic management, including using financial data for decision making, understanding conflict management and negotiations, and leading change.



Participating Organizations Have Included:

Brooklyn Navy Yard
City Harvest
Grameen Bank
Harlem Children's Zone
Harlem RBI
Henry Street Settlement
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
New York Cares
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Per Scholas

Alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for programs lasting up to seven days. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.


Joel Brockner, Faculty Director
Phillip Hettleman Professor of Business

Joel Brockner is a leading authority on a variety of psychological issues in the workplace, including change management, leadership, decision-making, the role of the self, and cross-cultural differences in work behavior. He has consulted about the planning and implementation of significant organizational change, leadership development, and decision making with such organizations as the Association of Art Museum Curators, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, Eastman Kodak, IXIS Capital Markets, MBNA, Pfizer, State Farm Insurance, Southern New England Telephone, and Stratus Technologies.

Brockner’s book publications cover decision making in "sunk cost" situations, causes and consequences of employees’ self esteem, and the role of justice in the workplace. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters in a variety of prestigious outlets, including Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has served on the editorial board of numerous management and psychology journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Brockner is a fellow of the Academy of Management and of the American Psychological Association (Division of Industrial and Organizational Psychology). He served as the chairman of the management division from 2005 to 2011 at Columbia Business School.

Along with Professor Brockner, additional Columbia Business School faculty contribute to and teach in the program.


Special Features

Personal Leadership Development

360-Degree Feedback
One source of learning during the program is the multi-rater assessment also known as 360-degree feedback. Before the program, participants as well as their peers, direct reports, and managers will assess the participant's leadership style. This process enables participants to develop a rich picture of how they are seen, and provides them with the opportunity to enhance their managerial effectiveness. Participants will be coached during the program to develop a plan that is responsive to the feedback. Read a sample 360-degree assessment.

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Earn Your Certificate

The Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE) is awarded to participants who complete a total of 18 program days within a four-year period.

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