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  • Leadership Institute Update:

    Due to challenges in the current funding as well as working environment for many NGOs who normally would consider sending applicants to our Leadership Institute -- and which have depressed application ratios, we have had to make the difficult decision of postponing the dates for the Leadership Institute. Because we want to be able to guarantee programs with strong cohorts in size and quality, in order to secure an optimal learning experience for participants, we have had to make this decision.

    Once we have updated our needs- as well as market assessment, we will consider alternative dates as well as delivery modalities, and these will be published on this website as soon as possible. The Leadership Institute team apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Program Highlights

    Future leaders focused on obtaining top transnational NGO leadership positions and executives building a succession plan for their organization carefully consider what is necessary to make a successful leadership “leap”.  The Transnational NGO Leadership Institute welcomes global NGO professionals to upstate New York, USA, for a five-day, intensive and interdisciplinary program to gain skills to make this leadership “leap.”

    What are the leadership “leaps”?

    The program will address the following issues critical to transnational NGO leaders who wish to make the 'leap' to top leadership:

    1. Leading in a Complex Context: the impact of personal/individual leadership styles; strategic leadership behavior choices; leadership vs. management; the broader landscape of actors and issues
    2. Leading and Managing Organizational Change: leading and managing macro as well as micro level organizational change; organizational design; board leadership; diversity and inclusion strategies
    3. Collaboration and Crisis: communication, collaborative arrangements and leadership; leadership in crisis; leadership and stress
    4. Politics and Power Relationships: persuasion, symbolic leadership and advocacy
    5. Strategic Decision-Making and Performance Management: resource planning, allocation and management

    Program Takeaways

    Understand the effect of your individual leadership style and receive customized insight
    Expand and apply specific leadership competencies
    Learn from your peers as well as from experienced Maxwell faculty and NGO practitioners who have made the leadership ‘leap’
    Integrate your learning through experiential and hands-on exercises, individual as well as small group work, cases and simulation
    Engage with your peers, examine shared leadership challenges and expand your global network through participating in a diverse, cross-regional and cross-sectoral cohort
    Reap actionable benefits to address your leadership and organizational challenges

      • leadership institute 2017

        Thank you to all of the participants, practitioner contributors and Maxwell facilitators for making the 2017 Leadership Institute possible!


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        Organizational membership options-- including training fee discounts and content customized to your NGOs needs -- are now available for the Leadership Institute.

        Join Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the Transnational NGO Initiative, and build a healthier NGO leadership field!


        Join us as a Leadership Institute member now and reap the benefits! 

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        Wallage Inge

        Director of Communications, Greenpeace

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        The Leadership training put together by the TNGO Leadership Institute allowed me to step back, analyze and discuss key insights from successes and failures in the NGO world and the role of leaders in this.

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      Syracuse, NY 13244-1090