Explore our Graduate Certificate in Leadership
To succeed today, organizations need leaders who can build effective teams, create positive workplaces, and maximize the opportunities of an increasingly complex, global environment.
Walden’s online Graduate Certificate in Leadership provides the essential leadership theory and skills you need to position your organization and your career for new opportunities and challenges. As you assess your own leadership style and characteristics, you will also learn to:
- Lead effectively and ethically during turbulent times.
- Build and inspire a diverse, effective workforce.
- Navigate the global economy by applying concepts in sustainable business strategies, international trade, and regional economic integration.
The skills you develop and knowledge you gain will allow you to create a culture in which organization, team members, and mission thrive.
Credits from the Graduate Certificate in Leadership can be applied toward Walden’s MS in Leadership program.
- 12 total semester credits
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Being an effective leader is essential in business and demands that an individual has a strong set of competencies including the ability to understand one's self, motivate others, understand organizational culture, and manage ambiguity. In this course, students begin their personal and professional transformation by closely examining their current strengths and weaknesses, values, decision-making processes, and approaches to dealing with difficult problems. Students also explore leadership in turbulent times by examining how effective leaders think as well as how various management styles impact situations and relationships within an organization.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Finding Your Inner Leader
Being an effective authentic and trustworthy leader requires considerable self-awareness based on commitment to candid self-reflection and the wisdom to recognize how they can best serve others through creating shared vision for a better future. In this course, students examine their values, experiences, skills, capabilities, preferences, and knowledge in context of their leadership aspirations. Students will examine factors that affect their ability to influence and inspire others and create plans to strengthen these leadership skills. Students will learn strategies to navigate in turbulent, changing environments that often pose difficult choices and discover how leaders rise to meet challenges and opportunities.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Building Organizational Culture: Leaders as Architects
Organizational leaders act as partners in shaping, and are shaped by, the organizational cultures they seek to influence. Students in this course learn to recognize the elements that make up an organization's culture as well as ways to harness these for positive change and organizational success. They explore perspectives on how to make conceptual sense of the cultural landscape of organizations and examine the implications for leading and building effective communities at various levels of application. Students assess and discuss a variety of topics, such as tools of self-development, the reciprocal nature of leadership, and cultural components.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Communication for Leaders and Managers
The ability to communicate with others influences success in both professional and personal settings. As communities and places of work become increasingly diverse, the intersections of interpersonal and intercultural communication also increase, and communicators need to be aware that the cultural diversity of their audiences should affect the way they convey information. Students in this course examine interpersonal and intercultural intersections and study the influence of cultural diversity on interpersonal communication. By examining theory, students develop an approach to practice and hone individual strategies for communicating successfully in diverse interpersonal situations. Topics include interpersonal communication theory, intercultural communication theory, individual communication competence, nonverbal channels, person perception, conflict resolution, and listening and communication barriers.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Tuition and Fees
|Curriculum Component||Requirements||Cost||Total *|
|Tuition||12 total semester credit hours||$905 per semester hour||$10,860|
|Technology Fee||Per semester||$210||$420|
|Transfer up to 6 credits||$5,640|
|Total with Maximum Transfer Credits†||$5,640|
The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
*Tuition and fees are subject to change.
†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.
A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.