Category: Leadership and Organizations

Communicate Like a Leader

Although my doctorate is in communication, one of my primary interests has also always been the study of leadership—specifically, the intersection of communication and leadership. It is intriguing to me that, after 13 years of teaching, I am still asked the same question most commonly by my students: How can be a leader if I’m [...]

Leadership Contest Winners

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Leadership Conference Contest! To claim your conference tickets, email University College ( by 4:00 p.m. MST on September 21 with your full name, email address, and phone number with the subject line: Leadership Conference Contest. Here are the winning entries for a two-day pass to the [...]

Leadership Conference Contest

Win tickets to the International Leadership Association Conference or the Colorado Nonprofit Association Conference! University College is giving away a three-day conference ticket to the ILA and several one-day conference tickets to the CNA—both of which will be held in October in Denver, Colorado. So what do you have to do to win? Simple: Choose [...]

How Leaders Stifle or Support Innovation

By Pat Greer Innovation is an important ingredient for getting our businesses and organizations to be fiscally sound. How can leaders ensure their organizations are innovative? According the authors of the book Making Innovation Work (2006), innovation adds value creation, leading to increases in both growth and performance. Innovation is NOT just creativity but should [...]

Leaders in Nonprofits Working Together

By Pat Greer I designed a philanthropic leadership program focusing on development when I first started here at DU’s University College. Although I had worked with nonprofits, been on boards of directors, consulted, and helped with strategic planning, I never considered all the leadership principles found in philanthropic community. There are over 19,000 501(c)3 organizations [...]

What ARE the Top Characteristics of a Leader?

By Pat Greer What ARE the top characteristics of a leader, which, we hope, would result in leadership? I would love to give you my sage viewpoint so concise and clear that you as the reader would be stunned with my ideas. But I have been studying leadership for many years now and my best [...]

Leadership in the Moment

The first leadership blog post was scheduled to be about the advantages and challenges of having four generations in the workplace. Then this morning I woke up hearing about the shooting in the Aurora movie theater during the opening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” I am sure there will be stories that will come up [...]

Welcome to Leadership and Organizations

Welcome to the Leadership and Organizations page. I am excited to offer you our cutting edge program which contains the leadership tools you need for your leadership development. Whether you find yourself in the public, private or nonprofit sector, there is a specialty that will satisfy your curiosity, provide you with the latest in knowledge [...]