Leadership Certificate for Nonprofit Chief Executives

Whether you are a new nonprofit CEO or executive director, or a seasoned leader, you will learn practical approaches to some of the most challenging aspects of being the chief executive.

Leadership Certificate for Nonprofit Chief Executives


Certificate for chief executivesChief executives have a tough balancing act to perform: They report to the board as its single employee, provide leadership to the board while engaging it in oversight, and manage the organization. All this takes time and thought — usually more than anticipated. That’s why it’s so important that you work effectively and efficiently to build a constructive partnership with your board.

This education and training program is designed to help you do just that. Whether you are new to the chief executive position or a seasoned leader, you will learn practical approaches to some of the most challenging aspects of the job, including

  • attending to the overall chief executive/board relationship
  • building relationships with individual board members, including the board chair
  • engaging board members without inviting them to micromanage
  • increasing the effectiveness of your board
  • sharing the good and bad with your board
  • working effectively with officers and other small groups of the board, such as committees and task forces

In addition to delivering the training and information you need to perform better, this course enables you to connect with and absorb information from your peers. With scheduled opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, the certificate program is a unique chance to bond with other nonprofit chief executives about the challenges and rewards that are unique to the role.

This course is offered as an in-person, 1.5-day-long session or in webinar format as three, 90-minute sessions. At the end of the course, you will have earned your Leadership Certificate for Nonprofit Chief Executives and feel energized and better prepared to return home and help lead your organization to success in achieving its mission.

A significant part of the in-person version of this leadership certificate program is the sharing of experiences among chief executives. It is therefore intended for chief executives only. We encourage senior staff members to attend the Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education program.
View our training calendar for the next Leadership Certificate for Nonprofit Chief Executive course.