Leadership Essentials Certificate

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What Is Leadership?

Leadership is a characteristic that's not readily defined, but you know it when you see it. Leadership is not as much about authority or expertise as it is the ability to influence those around you. Leaders are able to articulate an inspiring vision, set direction, and map out a plan to reach a desired goal. They are good communicators and cultivate trusting, authentic relationships.

Leaders are those who empower others.
— Bill Gates

Get Promotion-Ready

Top organizations are seeking leaders with collaboration, critical thinking, conflict management, and time management skills. Professionals like you, aiming to step into a leadership role, will gain confidence and credibility to excel in any field in this 48-hour program.

  • Hone your interpersonal skills and improve your professional relationships.
  • Enhance your ability to manage multiple priorities efficiently and solve problems.
  • Develop your ability to strategically and intentionally influence.
  • Enrich teams and projects through effective prioritization and communication.

Upcoming Leadership Essentials Certificate Courses

The cost of this certificate is $3,360–$3,410, depending of your choice of courses. But if you register and pay for all courses at once, we'll give you a 10% discount! 

Required Courses (42 contact hours)

Professional Development Webinars

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Free webinars give you a glimpse into the course experience as well as practical insights and tools to put to work immediately. 

Watch recordings of webinars in your area of interest and register for the fall webinar series on leadership starting August 25.

Let's Connect!

Lisa Beckham, Professional Development Enrollment Advisor

Meet Lisa Beckham

As your enrollment advisor, I'm here to help you choose which programs are the best fit to meet your career goals. There are three ways to connect with me: give me a call at 612-301-3091, email me, or schedule an appointment on my calendar below.

More About Me

I work with an extremely talented enrollment team where I advise adult learners about professional development programs to help them achieve their career goals. Before working for the University of Minnesota, I spent six years working with College Possible, a nonprofit organization that supports students in gaining access to and navigating through college. When not at work, I love reading fantasy books, watching goofy cartoons, traveling, and walking for exercise. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and playing board games.