NPM420

Strategy and Leadership

The course will expose you to various facets of the critical topic of leadership. You will gain an understanding of the theoretical foundation and core practices associated with leadership, including a critical assessment of what leaders do. The emphasis is on strategy and planning, as well as on change management and how to lead effective organizational redesign and innovation in non-profit organizations.

The course will also focus on personal self-discovery with respect to the values, assumptions and beliefs individuals hold with respect to being a leader. In addition to more general leadership topics, we will cover issues such as leader communication, conflict resolution and negotiation, followership, organizational politics, ethics and global leadership.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Laurie Parsons $810.00 21 Register
Online - Laurie Parsons $825.00 35 Register

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

At the end of the course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Demonstrate effective management and leadership behaviour and practices geared to non-profit organizations
  • Manage personal interactions and interpersonal communication to lead teams and be an effective team member
  • Apply frameworks to implement organizational change
  • Demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, openness and confidence in managing change
  • Design a strategic plan that addresses community priorities while staying relevant to the mission, values and context of your organization

How will I learn?

  • You will work within scheduled start and end dates, as well as assignment timelines.
  • Your study schedule will be entirely up to you. In some cases, we may ask you to meet online with your class and your instructor or a guest at a specific time, but these sessions will be recorded for future viewing if you are unable to attend.
  • Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on reading, online discussions, course work and supplementary activities, such as viewing assigned videos.

How will I be evaluated?

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. You will be evaluated based on a variety of methods, such as online participation, individual assignments, journals, project-based work and course papers. Assignments build upon the significant level of real-world experience that most participants bring to the course. You must successfully complete all Non-Profit Management courses to receive a full program certificate.

Textbooks and learning materials

Course fees do not include the cost of textbooks and other supplemental materials, which you may purchase from the SFU Bookstore or elsewhere.

Required textbook

Allison, M. & Kaye, J. Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations (3rd Ed.)

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

English language requirements

To meet course demands, you should have an advanced level of English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.