Finding Your Nonprofit Leadership Shadow (Will Sparks)

January 2020

 What is your leadership shadow, and why should you worry about it?   That's exactly what Dr.   Will Sparks and I discuss in episode #14 of the   Path.  He's spent 20 years researching the       characteristics of great   leaders, and also the "shadow" side of their leadership styles which   often hold them back in ways they're not even aware.  Will and I explore   the practical aspects   of his studies, and how nonprofit leaders can   amplify their positive qualities - but more   importantly - identify specific   ways to identify their shadow side and do something about it.     You'll   see how this can not only accelerate your journey on the leadership   path, but also   create a more dynamic and productive environment for   your staff, board and volunteer   colleagues. 

"If we don't manage our leadership shadow, it will manage us."
                               William L. Sparks, Ph.D.

Will Sparks is the Dennis Thompson Chair & Professor of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where he also serves as the Director of the Office of Leadership Initiatives. He is a Visiting Professor of International Management with Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2008, he founded the McColl School's M.S. in Organization Development (MSOD) Program and served as Director until 2013.  He received the Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award for excellence in teaching at Queens in 2003 and 2005 and was awarded the inaugural McColl School Leadership in Teaching Award in 2009.  He serves as the Managing Director for William L. Sparks & Associates, LLC, a professional services firm founded in 1997 focused on leader and team development, personal transformation and change management. He has consulted with a variety of international organizations in the public and private sectors. He serves as a Director on the boards of the Dilworth Center in Charlotte, NC, and The Project Appraisal Methodology (PAM) Institute in Washington, DC.  He completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development from The George Washington University's School of Business and Public Management, where his research focused on group dynamics, organizational culture, and leadership.