Certificate in Organizational Leadership

Villanova University

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Villanova University


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Who should attend

Villanova’s online Certificate in Organizational Leadership is designed for current business leaders and mid- to upper-level managers, as well as those who aspire to lead critical change that sustains and propels organizational success.

About the course

Make an impact at your company by complementing your technical knowledge with the interpersonal leadership skills to guide others toward increasing productivity and meeting organizational goals.

The 100% online Certificate in Organizational Leadership program teaches management and leadership tactics you can apply immediately in a corporate environment, including fiscal planning and responsibility, employee communication and motivation, team building and general principles of organizational leadership. You will be taught the tools and strategies to lead an organization that values learning, promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and innovation, and welcomes change.

Take Three Classes and Complete Your Certificate

To earn your Certificate in Organizational Leadership, you must complete three courses — Strategic Organizational Leadership, Maximizing Team Effectiveness and one elective from the multiple course options below.

Earning this certificate demonstrates your commitment to becoming a highly productive, strategic and creative leader inside or outside your organization.

Ideal for professionals seeking tactical management, conflict management and organizational leadership skills, the certificate program promotes personal confidence, professional integrity and management techniques used by business leaders.

What You’ll Learn

Students will learn strategies and skills related to the following:

  • The key traits of successful leaders
  • Development of an authentic leadership voice
  • Planning and executing successful and productive meetings
  • Managing and resolving conflict
  • Inspiring and conflict management
  • Building and managing diverse and inclusive teams
  • Strategic planning and goal-setting
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Fiscal planning
  • Ethics and moral leadership
  • Organizational mission, vision, and a culture of innovation and creativity
  • Individual development and strategies for providing feedback

Required Courses

Strategic Organizational Leadership

This course helps professionals develop a tool kit they can apply as a leader at work today to become a highly productive and inspiring leader of tomorrow. You will gain the tools needed to create an organization that values learning and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and innovation, and welcomes change. Great leaders influence and can help employees be more responsive, creative, and proactive, given the right set of leadership tools and techniques.

What You’ll Study

  • Defining yourself as a leader
  • Finding your authentic leadership voice
  • Building diverse and inclusive teams
  • Ethical and moral leadership
  • Strategic planning, goal setting and evaluation
  • Inspiring Organizational Vision and Excellence
  • Dealing with conflict: challenging situations and difficult people
  • Your personal leadership journey


Strategic Organizational Leadership

8 Week Course

Defining Yourself as a Leader

  • Leadership versus management
  • The key traits and styles of leadership
  • The definition of “strategy”
  • The experience of shifting from technical expert to strategic leader

Finding Your Authentic Leadership Voice

  • Inspiring engagement through a shared vision
  • The importance of storytelling
  • Comparing and contrasting strategies for building support for projects and plans
  • Strategies for managing laterally and up
  • Building rapport versus networking
  • Multitasking

Building Diverse and Inclusive Teams

  • A team-oriented approach to leadership
  • Strategies for building diverse and inclusive teams
  • Engaging strengths and working across differences
  • Learning from multigenerational team members

Ethical and Moral Leadership

  • Leading with a clear moral compass and value proposition
  • Defining and setting leadership values and goals
  • Leading with integrity

Strategic Planning, Goal Setting and Evaluation

  • Aligning mission, vision, and strategy
  • The process of strategic planning
  • The dynamics of organizational change
  • Strategies for leading change
  • Evaluation plans and processes**

Inspiring Organizational Vision and Excellence

  • Sources of power a leader has
  • Elements and skills needed to inspire vision and a positive culture
  • A “coaching” approach to management and leadership
  • Ways to promote innovation, creativity, and collaboration

Dealing with Conflict: Challenging Situations and Difficult People

  • The sources of conflict in an organization
  • The importance of giving and receiving feedback
  • High-performing v. dysfunctional team behaviors
  • Approaches to managing conflict

Your Personal Leadership Journey

  • Clarifying your leadership philosophy and purpose
  • What is your passion?
  • A personal strategic plan
  • Learning and resilience
  • Leadership and wellness

Maximizing Team Effectiveness

Organizations are increasingly more reliant on teams to carry out their mission. This course provides an understanding of what is needed to create and develop highly effective teams as well as how to assemble or work with an existing team to maximize effectiveness.

Explore the elements that lead to highly effective teams while learning practical tools and strategies to gain the most from the teams you work with. Learn to access and respond to challenging team behavior while developing teams that reach their highest potential. Attention is given to cross-cultural teams, cross-functional teams and virtual teams.

What You’ll Study

Participants in this course will learn to:

  • Create and develop a highly effective team
  • Apply strategies and skills to get the best work from a team
  • Analyze and respond to the challenging behavior of team members


8 Week Course

Highly Effective Teams

  • Understand and define the difference between groups, teams and highly effective teams
  • Evaluate and apply models for team effectiveness
  • Reflect on the components of high-performance teams
  • List organizational supports that aid in team effectiveness
  • Summarize contexts which support effective teams

Team Composition

  • Determine ideal number of team members
  • Describe and outline how to select team members based on attributes and skills
  • Assess team member strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the importance of team purpose to team success
  • Explain the process for teams to establish purpose and objectives

Team Development

  • Explain the importance of trust to teams
  • Apply team building techniques to increase trust
  • Use effective team feedback strategies
  • Understand the use of reward and recognition for team motivation
  • Consider approaches for managing underperforming team members

Constructive Communication and Conflict

  • Develop and create effective timed meeting agendas
  • Apply facilitation techniques to manage communication in meetings
  • Apply a process to support and encourage team collaboration
  • Assess team conflict
  • Apply intervention strategies to support constructive conflict and manage destructive conflict
  • Managing change within the team

Team creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making

  • Examine processes for increasing creativity and problem-solving
  • Apply creativity and problem-solving processes to teams
  • Select and apply the best decision-making process based on team purpose

Cross-cultural and Temporary Teams

  • Understand the nature of temporary teams
  • List effective uses for temporary teams within your work or desired professional context
  • Explore the opportunities cross-cultural teams offer
  • Identifying the challenges team diversity (cultural, geographic, functional) create for effective communication
  • Outline steps a team leader can take to decrease those challenges

Virtual Teams

  • Define virtual teams
  • Consider the role technology plays in team communication
  • Learn to manage teams using electronic communication tools
  • Apply team building strategies to a virtual environment
  • Assess and apply strategies for intervening in challenging team behavior in a virtual environment

Leadership Challenges in a Team Environment

  • Examine best practices to meet the challenges of leading and managing multiple teams
  • Learn to set priorities in a multi-team environment
  • Consider future challenges to team building
  • Review key elements in creating and developing a highly effective team

1 Elective

Essentials of Project Management 4 Week Course

Finance & Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager 8 Week Course

Foundations of Agile Methodology 8 Week Course

Human Resource Management 12 Week Course

Mastering Organizational Effectiveness 8 Week Course

Certificate in Organizational Leadership at Villanova University

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