Matthias Birk

Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service

Matthias Birk

Matthias Birk is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Vice President of Leadership Development at Goldman Sachs. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School and has taught leadership at the School of Public Policy at CEU Budapest.

Matthias previously worked as a leadership consultant and facilitator for a wide range of organizations such as Deutsche Bank, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, New York Academy of Medicine, New York Academy of Sciences, NYPD, NYU Medical School, J&J, Pfizer, Sherman & Sterling and WPP. He was also a consultant and Organization Practice Specialist for McKinsey & Company, and the Senior Director of Learning & Organizational Development at the Ralph Lauren Corporation.

Matthias received a Ph.D. in Marketing from the Humboldt University of Berlin and Diploma (M.Sc.) in Psychology from the RTWH Aachen.

Restricted to students in the Executive MPA PSL Program.

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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Restricted to students in the Executive MPA PSL Program.

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.

Download Syllabus

Restricted to students in the Executive MPA PSL Program.

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.

Download Syllabus