NMP 609 — Organizations and Applied Leadership
Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
This course will focus on the application of leadership within the organization. To get things done in today’s world, it is critical that a leader be able to translate his or her ideas into actions and results. Through readings and case studies, students will explore why some leaders have been effective in moving organizations toward their goals while others have not. The students will also explore how these skills and traits can be applied in non-profit and community settings. Students will learn to distinguish between routine technical problems which require routine expertise and adaptive problems which require innovative approaches; the importance of understanding and focusing on values; and how to involve all stakeholders in the process. Specific topics to be explored include: keeping the organization focused on its mission and goals; adapting the organization as the world changes; developing and utilizing political, social and economic partnerships; and strategies used to overcome objections and get to yes.