Nikki Daniels

Job Titles

  • Program Director, Faculty
    Organizational Leadership (B.A.) College of Adult and Professional Studies
  • Associate Professor of Leadership Studies Emerita
    Business, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Professor in Organizational Leadership
    Strategic Leadership (M.A.) Graduate School


Self Analysis, Self Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Team Development

Started at Bethel



  • Trinity College - B.A. in Sociology, 1973
  • Bethel University - M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 1997


Nikki's joy is in interaction and collaboration with students and colleagues to create opportunities for self discovery, sustained growth and transformation. She has been instrumental in developing, teaching and leading in leadership programs and courses in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS), and the Graduate School (GS) at Bethel University. With 30+ years of leadership experience and non-profit board membership, Nikki regularly consults and speaks within the profit, non-profit, public service, and educational sectors to conduct corporate training and executive coaching including leadership analysis, team building, motivation, conflict management/problem solving, and organizational development. She is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and DiSC certified.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:

  • Leadership & Adult Development
  • Leading and Change
  • Leadership in the 21st Century
  • Leadership Essentials
  • Leadership Practicum & Seminar
  • My Purpose and My Work
  • Introduction to Life at Bethel

Graduate courses:

  • Collaborative Leadership & Associative Platforms
  • Topics in Leadership
  • Faculty advisor for multiple thesis, literature review, and capstone projects as well as directed studies and internships


Series of 4-hour workshops created for organizations and teams to use independently or as a series on the topic of "Everyday Leadership." (including but not limited to Hallmarks of Effective Leadership, Strengths, Collaboration, Change, Motivation, Conflict Management, Appreciation in the Workplace, Leadership Styles, Followership Styles, Generations, Trust)

Certificates and Licenses

Certifications: DiSC, Gallup Strengths Coach

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Memberships: International Leadership Association, Center for Creative Leadership

Board Member:
Elim Care, Inc. (2006 - present)
The Master's Institute (2006-2009)
Twin Cities Christian Homes (1996-1999)
Baptist General Conference Home Missions Board (1991-1996)

Hobbies and Interests

People (family, friends), playing with grandchildren, laughing, coffee, reading, walking, curriculum development, scripture study

Teaching specialty

Self Analysis, Self Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Team Development


"On assignment by Jesus Christ" -- New Testament authors