Sharon Benjamin
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Sharon Benjamin, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Wagner School of Public Policy at NYU, and is a visiting lecturer at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC and The Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH). In addition, she runs a Washington, DC-based management consulting practice. Prior to establishing her consulting firm in 1996, Dr. Benjamin served in a wide range of leadership roles in national and international nonprofit organizations. She earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Organizational Behavior at The Union Institute & University and her Masters in Public Administration at Michigan State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Psychology) from Taylor University. Active in the nonprofit sector, she has raised well over $78 million for charitable organizations. Additionally, she serves as Treasurer of the Board of Earthworks and chairs the Board of Directors of Bluevoice.org and serves on the board of The Plexus Institute and the Board of Governors of Oceana. Her research interests are in the areas of reflective leadership and organizational change and she has designed and delivered myriad leadership development and training seminars in the US and Japan.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 EXEC-GP.3190.001 Exec. MPA Seminar: Leadership Confronted

Only open to Executive MPA students.

This course is designed to create an “action learning” community in which students will integrate their professional experiences, and other graduate course work, with a final exploration of leadership concepts, theory and applied practice.

The course is designed to strengthen students’ abilities to lead, as a colleague who can support leadership behavior in peers, and as one who can promote leadership behavior in supervisors and subordinates. Specifically, as a result of their work in this course, students are expected to become:

• conversant with a broad survey of theoretical concepts and assumptions about leadership and leadership behavior;
• better navigators of the internal and external factors influencing successful leading;
• demonstrably more expert in using a variety of skills such as appreciative inquiry, positive deviance, narrative inquiry and action research, to frame and describe personal leadership challenges as a step towards increasing successful leading;
• deft in consulting with others, and receiving and providing constructive feedback; and,
• more insightful about personal leadership competencies, paradoxes and challenges. Growing out of this increased awareness, students will develop an action plan for continued development of personal leadership capabilities.

This course has been carefully designed to provide you with an opportunity to synthesize and apply leadership theory. This is an academic seminar with a significant component of experiential learning.


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Spring 2009 EXEC-GP.3190.001 Exec. MPA Seminar: Leadership Confronted

Only open to Executive MPA students.

This course is designed to create an “action learning” community in which students will integrate their professional experiences, and other graduate course work, with a final exploration of leadership concepts, theory and applied practice.

The course is designed to strengthen students’ abilities to lead, as a colleague who can support leadership behavior in peers, and as one who can promote leadership behavior in supervisors and subordinates. Specifically, as a result of their work in this course, students are expected to become:

• conversant with a broad survey of theoretical concepts and assumptions about leadership and leadership behavior;
• better navigators of the internal and external factors influencing successful leading;
• demonstrably more expert in using a variety of skills such as appreciative inquiry, positive deviance, narrative inquiry and action research, to frame and describe personal leadership challenges as a step towards increasing successful leading;
• deft in consulting with others, and receiving and providing constructive feedback; and,
• more insightful about personal leadership competencies, paradoxes and challenges. Growing out of this increased awareness, students will develop an action plan for continued development of personal leadership capabilities.

This course has been carefully designed to provide you with an opportunity to synthesize and apply leadership theory. This is an academic seminar with a significant component of experiential learning.


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Spring 2008 EXEC-GP.3190. Exec. MPA Seminar: Leadership Confronted

Only open to Executive MPA students.

This course is designed to create an “action learning” community in which students will integrate their professional experiences, and other graduate course work, with a final exploration of leadership concepts, theory and applied practice.

The course is designed to strengthen students’ abilities to lead, as a colleague who can support leadership behavior in peers, and as one who can promote leadership behavior in supervisors and subordinates. Specifically, as a result of their work in this course, students are expected to become:

• conversant with a broad survey of theoretical concepts and assumptions about leadership and leadership behavior;
• better navigators of the internal and external factors influencing successful leading;
• demonstrably more expert in using a variety of skills such as appreciative inquiry, positive deviance, narrative inquiry and action research, to frame and describe personal leadership challenges as a step towards increasing successful leading;
• deft in consulting with others, and receiving and providing constructive feedback; and,
• more insightful about personal leadership competencies, paradoxes and challenges. Growing out of this increased awareness, students will develop an action plan for continued development of personal leadership capabilities.

This course has been carefully designed to provide you with an opportunity to synthesize and apply leadership theory. This is an academic seminar with a significant component of experiential learning.


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