Preston Lindsay is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He also was previously an Adjunct Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at Columbia University. He is a trained industrial organizational psychology and organizational development practitioner with more than ten years of executive leadership in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. As a scholar/practitioner, his professional practice areas include leading transformational organizational change, designing and implementing systems for organizational sustainability, strategic planning, philanthropy and development, and managing people and performance. Professor Lindsay’s current research centers on human behavior and systems in the workplace. His work examines how organizational trauma influences the worker’s cognition, consciousness and behavior and how this phenomenon impacts organizational effectiveness.
Presently, Professor Lindsay serves as President and CEO of The Lindsay Group Co. an organizational development consulting firm he founded which offers a host of organizational building and sustainability services to nonprofits, startups, and small business. Having grown up in Camden, NJ as a poor, queer black kid, Professor Lindsay is all too familiar with the challenges facing poor communities of color that are disproportionately affected by structural violence. Passionate about social justice and advocating for the underserved, in his personal time, Preston lends his organizational development expertise by chairing a few community-based, social justice oriented nonprofits.
Professor Lindsay holds Bachelors of Arts in psychology and sociology and a Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Development from The Catholic University of America. He is expected to deposit and defend his dissertation in the academic year of 2019-2020, completing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Management and Leadership is designed to empower you with the skills you will need to make change in the world; whether you care about bike lanes, criminal justice, prenatal care, community development, urban planning, social investment or something else. Whatever your passion, you can only have an impact by leading and managing organizational processes. Organizations are the way work gets coordinated and accomplished so knowing how they work -- and how to work within them – are perhaps the most powerful set of tools you can have.
In this course, you will enhance the technical, interpersonal, conceptual, and political skills needed to run effective and efficient organizations embedded in diverse communities, policy arenas, sectors, and industries. In class, we will engage in a collective analysis of specific problems that leaders and managers face—first, diagnosing them and then, identifying solutions—to explore how organizations can meet and exceed their performance objectives. As part of that process, you’ll encounter a variety of practical and essential topics and tools – from goals, structure, strategy and teams to diversity and inclusion, motivation, and negotiation.
This course focuses on the three sets of key questions: (1) mission and vision ("What areas or activities should we be working in?"); (2) strategy and operations ("How can we perform effectively in this area?"); and (3) leadership (“What leadership skills are needed to develop and implement strategies effectively?”). We will cover both strategy formulation ("What should our strategy be?") and strategy implementation ("What do we need to do to make this strategy work?").
All organizations – government agencies as well as nonprofit or private companies with a public purpose – face substantial challenges that demand strategic responses, often in uncertain economic, social, or political contexts. To deal effectively with these challenges, managers need knowledge and skills in strategic management and leadership: setting and aligning goals with the organization’s mission; handling complex trade-offs between demand for services and resource constraints; defining measures of success; motivating staff and other stakeholders; developing relationships with relevant groups; dealing with crises and environments in transition; and leading organizational change. In short, the course emphasizes the multiple, related requirements of the leader/manager's job: analysis, creativity, and action.