Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization

What is leadership? Why is it important? What is required to be a nonprofit leader? Consider the foundations of leadership, and examine how to be a successful and effective nonprofit leader.

This course can be applied to the Introductory Nonprofit Certificate.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for adults seeking to gain a basic understanding of leadership in a nonprofit setting. It is best suited for learners with a basic understanding of nonprofit organizations.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Define leadership and explain its importance
  • Distinguish between some of the better-known leadership theories (Fieldler’s contingency theory; Path-goal theory; Vroom-Yetton-Jago theory)
  • Distinguish leadership from management and administration
  • Explain the role of ethics in leadership
  • Identify the positives and negatives surrounding the charismatic leadership
  • Recognize the importance of training, learning and role-playing in leadership
  • Describe the impending leadership shortage in the non-profit sector and discuss possible solutions to the problem
  • Discuss the seven bases for leadership
  • Explain why formal authority alone does not guarantee leadership
  • Explain leadership issues that are especially important in the nonprofit environment
  • Discuss the nine key qualities for leadership
  • Describe the leadership qualities that nonprofit leaders feel are important for success
  • Identify the five central skills needed for effective leadership and explain ways to strengthen or develop those skills in a leader


This workshop is self-paced and online. You will have access to this workshop for 30 days. Upon successful completion, you will receive a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education completion verification.

Learners must score an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit.


Date: Open enrollment - register any time

Location: Online

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $99

CEUs: 0.5

Program Number: 7710-11288

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