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    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

      • Join our next Leadership Institute on June 2-7, 2019!

        Applications open on December 1st, 2018.  Please stay tuned for further announcements of program details.

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


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        Sokhany Prak

         Executive Director of the Cambodian Civil Society Partnership (CCSP)

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        Transnational NGO Leadership Institute, 2014 Participant