Wharton Research Scholars

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

May 2008


This paper has been posted at ScholarlyCommons@Penn.


A changing nonprofit environment, stronger demands for nonprofit services and an impending leadership deficit has caused the nonprofit sector to place an even greater emphasis on leadership and leadership development. This research examines the changes in the sector and the skills required of leaders to adapt to these changes. Interviews with current nonprofit leaders, aspiring leaders and directors of nonprofit management programs shed light on the trends in leadership development, the challenges and opportunities, and recommendations for the sector. Aspiring nonprofit leaders, universities and nonprofit organizations can all play a role in ensuring the future success of the nonprofit sector by developing quality leaders.


nonprofits, leadership, trends, business education, career development



Date Posted: 10 October 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.