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.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 13 weeks
Tuition: $855
Can be applied to:
Non-Profit Management Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
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Start DateWed, May 8, 2024
  • Wed, May 8 (self-paced all week)
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InstructorMichelle Lackie
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Start DateWed, Sep 4, 2024
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InstructorLaurie Parsons
Seats Available34

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll 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 you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 10 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments 
  • Participation in online discussions

Learning Materials

Course fees do not include textbooks. We recommend you purchase your textbook as soon as you’ve registered. We will provide additional course materials online.

Required text:

Allison, M., & Kaye, J. Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations (3rd Ed.). Wiley, 2015. Available for purchase from Amazon or as an e-book from VitalSource or Google Play.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.