PPS 195S.01 – Leading Non Profit Organizations
This seminar will introduce students to the concept and practice of leadership within the non-profit sector. Beginning with an overview of this enormously diverse “third sector” that is the lynchpin of civil society, we will examine what it means to lead as an executive and as a trustee (member of the board of directors). What skills and knowledge do executive and board leaders need? How do these roles vary with the challenges and opportunities facing a non-profit organization in its various stages of development? How do cultural and contextual factors affect the notion of a strong leader in a non-profit context? Is leadership in this sector different from leadership in the corporate sector? Drawing from the best literature on leadership and the non-profit sector, we will also draw upon the incredibly rich array of non-profits in the Triangle. In pairs, students will attach themselves to a locally-based non-profit organization, observing its executive and trustee leadership and using the class to compare and contrast diverse examples.
[Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI ]
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