Why Leadership Development for NPOs?

Research confirms that it is leadership that makes a difference in organisational performance. USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development for NPOs acknowledges responsible leadership as the prime differentiator that drives sustainable performance, and impact. Using the framework of Me, We, Work and World, it focuses on the development of personal leadership, team leadership, organisational leadership and societal leadership to strengthen your capability to grow as leader.

While some of us volunteer time and talent, others step up to lead NPOs as managers, executives or directors. Leading in this context is both a noble and challenging act, and for most, a steep learning curve. If leadership in an NPO context resonates with you, then consider enhancing your leadership skills through this postgraduate programme.

What will you gain?

  1. Lead as a resilient and confident person: Improve your personal performance by enhancing your resilience, resourcefulness and confidence in leading your organisation.
  2. Learn how to build organisational capacity: Grow your ability to build organisational capacity and enhance organisational well-being and performance.
  3. Create public value and social impact: Lead your organisation to take its rightful place in society and to deliver on what it was designed for in the first place.
  4. Ensure social return on investment: Enhance the stakeholder leadership skills you need to work with those who help to authorise and legitimise your work through their investments.
  5. Benefit from network knowledge and peer learning skills: Learn how to make use of the wisdom and counsel of those with whom you share your NPO journey.

Flexible learning format

The PGDip in Leadership Development NPO programme allows you to study while you work. Please see here for details about your timetable.


Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from USB is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through USB’s website. See www.usb.ac.za/capitec-credit-for-education for details, or click on the link in right-hand bar to apply.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).