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COVID-19 Update: The University of Minnesota has suspended in-person instruction and will offer online, or alternative, instruction through the end of spring semester 2020. Read the latest CCAPS updates. For the latest information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please see the Safe Campus website.

Leadership Essentials Certificate

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Virtual courses are currently under consideration. If classes become available online we will update this web site; for announcements please sign up for updates at the bottom of this page. You can still register for in-person courses that begin May 14th or later—check out courses below for upcoming dates. 


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.

How Does the University of Minnesota Program Stand Out? 

Our curriculum provides the most well-rounded instruction for professionals like you looking to accelerate your career. The courses in this certificate focus on personal leadership, blending together topics that provide a foundational knowledge aimed at promoting career advancement, productivity, and confidence.

Are you ready to accelerate your career?

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Professional Development Digital Badges

The College is now offering digital badges with the completion of a professional development certificate. Learn more about digital badges.

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