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TNGO Initiative is increasingly engaged in leadership development programming

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TNGO leadership has been one of the three pillars of interest of the TNGO Initiative since its founding in 2004 – governance, leadership and effectiveness. In the last 1-2 years, there has been a marked increase in its engagement in both commissioned as well as self-initiated leadership development programming. Of course it all started with the TNGO Leadership Institute’s first program on the specific leadership needs embedded in the transition of leaders who currently work at the second level of leadership in TNGOs, and who wish to prepare themselves for top leadership.  The first two programs of this nature, based on open registration, ran in September 2011 and May 2012, and were very well reviewed by participants. We are currently preparing for the May 2013 program of this nature.


Since then we have gained further momentum in leadership development programming: ActionAid, one of the top ten global development NGOs, has asked us to deliver an in-house, customized face to face program for all of AAI’s country directors, senior leadership team members and heads of function. Other NGOs such as Greenpeace, World YWCA and Oxfam are also inquiring about potential opportunities to collaborate on in-house leadership development. We are exploring the possibility of co-delivering a young leaders’ program with the Berlin Civil Society Center and the BMW Foundation. The well-known Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex in Great Britain is considering the possibility of co-delivering a Europe-based program on leadership transition with us and with Oxford HR, a well-known executive search company for NGO leaders. And we are in the early stages of thinking through a new program on leading and managing INGO coalitions.


This burgeoning work on leadership development is exciting to us and to the broader Maxwell community of leadership experts, such as Professor Peg Hermann, Director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Catherine Gerard, director of PARCC and Steve Lux, Director of Executive Education in Maxwell (among others). It also prompts us to think through how to expand the capacity of Maxwell to offer this type of NGO leadership development as well as individual leadership assessment work into the future, given the signals of burgeoning demand.

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