Executive Certificate in Leadership

Mendoza College of Business

How long?

  • 24 weeks
  • online

Mendoza College of Business


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Who should attend

The Foundations of Leadership course is designed for exceptional individual contributors who have been called upon to take the lead on a team or project and who have direct responsibility for guiding the work of others.

Whether you presently hold a leadership role in your organization or you would like to, the Leadership Challenges course gives you the skills and knowledge to effectively handle real-world leadership challenges.

Whether you are a director-level executive or a manager of a small team, Strategic Leadership gives you the advanced knowledge to become an effective strategic leader. Participants who complete this course, Foundations of Leadership and Leadership Challenges will receive an Executive Certificate in Leadership.

About the course

Notre Dame’s 100% online leadership certificate program equips you with the tools to lead more effectively on a team, project or even at the organization-wide level. This comprehensive professional development series gives you the knowledge and skills to:

  • Assess needs and motivation of individuals at all organizational levels
  • Enhance skill in giving and receiving feedback
  • Sharpen your decision-making ability, coach effectively and resolve conflict
  • Use self-assessment tools to develop your own unique leadership style

3 Course Program

Foundations of Leadership

8 Week Course

Enroll in the Foundations of Leadership course and you’ll learn proven techniques that will give you the skills to make better decisions, resolve conflicts, improve employee performance and lead change throughout your organization. Through guided investigations, self-assessments and challenging problem-solving studies you’ll develop your own unique leadership style for success.

What You’ll Learn

Leadership Foundations

  • Task/Relationship Paradigm
  • Guild Hall Model
  • The Skills Continuum

Cognitive Problem Solving

  • Cognitive Problem Solving Archetypes
  • Cognitive Climates
  • Mental Models

Making Better Decisions at Work

  • Ideal vs. Actual Decision Making
  • Groupthink
  • Team Decision Making

Leadership Styles

  • The Developmental Levels
  • Leadership Styles
  • Servant Leadership

The Science of Transformation and Change

  • Science to Inform Judgment
  • Communication
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Changing Behavior

Creativity and Innovation

  • Process and Environment of Innovation
  • Assessing and Developing Innovation
  • Your Role in Innovation

The Exceptional Presenter

  • The Exceptional Presenter
  • The Importance of Presentation
  • Organizing Your Message
  • Engaging the Audience

Empowerment Dynamics

  • The Dreaded Drama Triangle
  • The Empowerment Dynamic
  • The Choice Point

Leadership Challenges

8 Week Course

Leadership Challenges, the second course in the 100% online Executive Certificate in Leadership program, places participants at the crossroads of tactics and strategy, providing the perspective and insight necessary to assess, interpret and respond to situations of uncertainty and complexity. You will learn to positively engage people, teams and organizations by responding to challenges with greater sophistication and confidence.

What You’ll Learn

Integral Model of Leadership

  • The Integral Model of Leadership
  • Polarity Thinking

Value-Based Leadership

  • Value-Based Decision Making
  • Two Approaches to Ethics Management
  • The Moral Development of Organizations
  • Threefold Challenges of Values-Based Organizations
  • Values at the Societal Level
  • New Performance Standard for Companies


  • Break-Even Analysis
  • Learning from Mistakes – After Action Reviews
  • How Your Organization View’s Risk

Crisis Preparation and Mitigation

  • The Leader’s Role in Crisis Preparation and Mitigation
  • Crisis Management or Business Continuity Team
  • Key Leadership Behaviors
  • Immediate Response


  • The Leader’s Role in Influencing Others

What Employees Want

  • The Accountable Leader
  • Taking Inventory of Your Readiness and Motivations
  • Detecting and Integrating Patterns in the Environment

Driving Accountability and Engagement

  • System Thinking Models
  • What’s the Deal With Storytelling
  • Driving Accountability
  • Engaging People

Strategic Leadership

8 Week Course

Strategic Leadership focuses on strategy and foresight – the key concepts in this executive phase of leadership development. In the culmination of Notre Dame’s three-course, 100% online Executive Certificate in Leadership program, you will learn to synthesize your skills and apply your abilities for developing intellectual capital and organizational culture.

What You’ll Learn

Transformational Strategy

  • Revolutionary Model of Planning
  • Patterns of Failure and Successful Venturing
  • Technological Revolutions

Industry Structure and Competitor Analysis

  • Analyzing Structure
  • Differentiation
  • Generic Strategy Matrix
  • Competitive Foresight Methodology

Strategic Foresight

  • Strategic Foresight – Preparing for Multiple Futures
  • Crucial Conversations

Systems Thinking

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Systems Thinking Case Studies


  • Leadership Mindset
  • Quadrants of the Meta-Motivation Inventory

Corporate Core Values

  • What Keeps People Productively Engaged
  • Core Values and Corporate Character
  • Personal Efficacy

Executive Certificate in Leadership at Mendoza College of Business

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