Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
- Mid- to upper-level managers
- High potentials with 3-5+ years experience
About the course
The High-Performance Leadership Certificate is ideal for managers who want to develop and hone their leadership skills, but want the flexibility to select courses that best align with their professional goals and desired outcomes at work.
This certificate program will help you develop credibility as a leader and build confidence in your own leadership style as you become more attuned to the behavioral dynamics of others.
Designed for maximum flexibility, the High-Performance Leadership Certificate program offers you a selection of courses in the following areas: Leading Your Team, Gaining the Advantage, Strategy, and Negotiations.
You’ll become a better coach, a better listener and communicator, and most importantly, an inspiring leader who can move the team and the organization forward.
Leading Your Team (2 Elective Courses)
Leading Collaborative Teams
In today's workforce, adaptation and responsiveness are key elements in the success for an organization. As turnaround times shorten and demands increase, organizations must leverage teams to reach strategic goals and fulfill initiatives. Based on the expertise and research of Kate Walsh, PhD, students in this course will diagnose team needs, set expectations for development, utilize conflict to augment change, and build team autonomy to support leaders in embracing a more strategic focus.
Leading Across Cultures
Leading across cultures is about adapting, communicating, thinking critically, and understanding your own biases. Dr. Jan Katz of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration will help you explore the five key dimensions of crosscultural leadership: culture, context, risk, linear/parallel hierarchy, and individualism/collectivism . After defining and sharing examples of each, Professor Katz will help you explore their impacts on business and how you can adapt to variations in different cultures. This course gives you the tools you need to continuously improve your cross-cultural leadership skills.
In the course project, you will examine the cultures and dimensions you work in, explore how compensation relates to risk, examine the hierarchy at your company, and evaluate your own leadership style as it relates to the cultures you work in. You will also get to investigate the 2015 Greek financial crisis and interview an international colleague before creating an action plan for your own future education around the impact of cultural variation on leadership.
Coaching Skills for Leaders
Coaching is about building relationships—and it’s essential in order for your organization to move forward together to achieve better results. Being an effective coach requires skills that can be practiced and mastered, including listening, building credibility and trust, and showing empathy. In this course, Cornell University’s Dr. Samuel Bacharach, will help you distinguish between coaching and traditional supervision. You will identify the five functions of coaching and the rules for having coaching conversations. Finally, you will examine some of the classic coaching mistakes that people often make and identify how you can avoid repeating those mistakes yourself.
Motivating People for High Performance
Leaders are responsible for encouraging the highest possible performance from their employees. Most leaders recognize that motivation is a key driver of high performance. Few leaders are skilled at choosing the right combination of approaches and tools to motivate all of their people. Cornell University Professor Risa Mish provides a learning experience that builds on the important premise that not all individuals are motivated by the same things, and some might be demotivated by the same conditions or incentives that motivate others. This course prepares leaders to analyze performance problems and assess whether they actually can be attributed to a lack of motivation or to one of several other root causes.
When students determine that poor workplace performance is indeed caused by a lack of motivation, they will use the motivation techniques that will be most effective for all the people involved. Leveraging the work of two American social psychologists to address the factors that may be demotivating people, students will learn how to increase the factors that do motivate people and improve workplace performance. Students will also use the three primary drivers of human motivation to foster better performance on the job.
Gaining the Advantage (2 Elective Courses)
Quality and Service Excellence
In an increasingly competitive global environment, quality is no longer considered a nice-to-have luxury. It's a requirement for successfully competing and surviving in the marketplace. While the concepts, tools, and procedures for quality and process improvement are now universally recognized and firmly placed in a large number of high-performing organizations around the world, it was not always so. The importance of quality in organizations has gone through a complete evolutionary cycle.
In this course, you will develop measures and standards of service quality, devise practices that improve employee learning and outcomes, and evaluate different approaches to process improvement, all based on the research and expertise of Cornell University Professor Rohit Verma, PhD. Using the tools provided in this course, you will be able to relate strategic decisions to their impact on organizational performance. And with the completion of an action plan at the end of the course, you will be ready to apply what you learn to your own organization.
Planning and Delivering Effective Presentations
To be an effective leader, you must be able to articulate your thoughts and positions in a clear and concise manner.
Professor Angela Noble-Grange of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management draws on her own extensive experience as a speaker and communicator to guide students through the preparation and delivery process. She discusses how to identify the communication purpose and analyze your expected audience. She then shares how to formulate and rehearse your message, including how to pay attention to nonverbal communication.
To fine-tune these skills, this course includes interacting with fellow students. Students will participate in discussion forums and will record and share a video of a short presentation that serves as the course project. This provides rich opportunities for students to hone their communication and presentation skills in a practical way, and to learn from the efforts of others.
Participants in this certificate need a high-speed Internet connection, a computer or device that can shoot digital videos with reasonable quality, and access to Adobe Flash software. The eCornell course delivery system provides the ability to record and upload videos, so you won’t need special video software.
Leading With Credibility
Managers who are seen practicing what they preach and following through on promises enjoy dramatically enhanced credibility and loyalty. They inspire workers to perform well and even to go beyond what is asked of them. Credibility is not all it takes to be successful, but no trust or meaningful relationship with those you manage can happen without it.
This course, developed by Professor Tony Simons, Ph.D. of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, focuses on this critical element of leadership, and helps students develop the awareness, skills and habits necessary for mastering it.
Leading for Creativity and Innovation
One of the challenges organizations face today is how to innovate. Innovation has become the modus operandi of organizational life. Every organization needs to innovate quickly to stay competitive. But what does “innovation” really mean?
In simple terms, innovation is the practical application of creative ideas to drive organizational results; innovation results in something useful that benefits the organization. In this course, Cornell University's Professor Samuel Bacharach, Ph.D., clears away common misconceptions about the mystery surrounding this popular buzzword and identifies how individuals can harness creative energy to drive innovative results. Students will identify strategies for encouraging divergent thinking and examine methods of fostering a culture of innovation.
Strategy (1 Elective Course)
Strategic Decision Making
The ability to make effective and timely decisions is an essential skill for successful executives. Mastery of this skill influences all aspects of day-to-day operations as well as strategic planning. In this course, developed by Professor Robert Bloomfield, Ph.D. of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, you will hone your decision-making skills by following a methodology based on tested actions and sound organizational approaches. You will leave this course better equipped to confidently tackle any decision large or small, and you’ll do so in a way that creates the optimal conditions for success.
Leading Strategic Change Initiatives
If you’re in charge of developing and leading strategic organizational change, there are certain tools and concepts you must be familiar with. In this course, the emphasis is on cultivating your ability to assess the need for change. By determining why your organization or team needs change, you’ll be able to better answer questions like: What should you change and how should the change be handled? You will explore the political and complex process of introducing change, which includes motivating others, dealing with resistance and the emotional elements of change, and finally, extending change over time and sustaining it. The course is designed to give you practice so you can initiate and carry out a change effort.
Leading Organizational Change
All leadership is change leadership. Good leadership isn’t about stagnation; it’s about moving ahead. In this course, Cornell University's Professor Samuel Bacharach, Ph.D., explores the fundamental, practical skills that effective leaders have mastered.
Effective change leaders do three things; they anticipate where things are moving, they facilitate the implementation of change, and they sustain momentum by taking charge and moving things ahead. Great change leaders know how to be both proactive and reactive, as Professor Bacharach explains. Students in this course will examine their own leadership styles and practice skills that will help them translate ideas into organizational results, find ways to overcome organizational inertia, and examine strategies for overcoming individual resistance to change.
Negotiations (1 Elective Course)
Navigating Power Relationships
Leaders at every level need to be able to execute on their ideas. In virtually every case, this means that leaders need to be able to persuade others to join in this execution. In order to do so, understanding how to create and utilize power in an organization is critical.
In this course, developed by Professor Glen Dowell, Ph.D., of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, students will focus on their personal relationship with power as well as how power works in their organization and social network.
Project Management Institute (PMI®) Continuing Certification: Participants who successfully complete this course will receive 6 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from PMI®. Please contact PMI ® for details about professional project management certification or recertification.
Being able to negotiate is a practical, everyday skill that is critical for anyone working within an organization. The good news is it’s a skill you can practice and master. Negotiation skills are ones you can use in any context and, once you master the behaviors of effective negotiation, you will use all the time. In this course, developed by Cornell University's Professor Samuel Bacharach, Ph.D., you will develop an awareness that every conversation is a negotiation, and you will identify the critical components of effective negotiation.
Key course takeaways
- Diagnose team skill sets and develop a plan to build synergy and collaboration
- Conduct a root-cause analysis for an individual with performance gaps
- Assess your credibility and trustworthiness as perceived by subordinates and others in the organization
- Examine your own organization through the lens of innovation
- Determine the most important features of the decision you need to make, based on the setting and the context
- Analyze, enhance, and activate your network to achieve goals and improve your ability to exercise power
What you'll earn
- High-Performance Leadership Certificate from Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
- 48 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
- 36 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification
- 75 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward PMI recertification
Professor Glen Dowell is Associate Professor at the Johnson School of Graduate Studies at Cornell University. Professor Dowell studies the interaction of firms with their natural, institutional, and competitive environments. His principal interest lies in uncovering sources of performance and sur...
Robert Bloomfield is a Professor of Accounting and Academic Director of eLearning at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Professor Bloomfield has used laboratory experiments to study financial markets and investor behavior, and has also published in all major business disciplines, includin...
Risa Mish is professor of practice of management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. She designed and teaches the MBA Core course in Critical and Strategic Thinking, in addition to teaching courses in leadership and serving as faculty co-director of the Johnson Leadership Fellows progra...
Professor Noble-Grange teaches oral communication and management writing at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management. Her interests include persuasive speaking and writing as well as gender and race differences in message perception. She was the founding director of the Office for Women an...
Samuel B. Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant Professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is the director of Cornell's New York City-based Institute for Workplace Studies and director of Cornell's New York City maste...
Cathy A. Enz is the Lewis G. Schaeneman Jr. Professor of Innovation and Dynamic Management and a professor in strategy. She currently serves as the associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Hotel Administration. Her prior administrative roles included serving as associate dean for indu...
Professor Tony Simons teaches organizational behavior, negotiation and leadership at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. His research examines trust–employee trust in leaders, executive team member trust, and trust in supply chain relationships. Simons''s research has focused on how well ...
Rohit Verma is the dean of external relations for the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management at the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), and Professor in Operations, Technology and Information Management area. Verm...
Dr. Kate Walsh is the Dean of the School of Hotel Administration, and is an E. M. Statler Professor. She received her Ph.D. from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and her M.P.S. degree from the School of Hotel Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting f...
After receiving her S.B. (biology) and Ph.D. (management) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jan Katz began teaching international management at New York University. Moving to Cornell 21 years ago, she continued teaching international management and marketing at the Johnson Graduate Sc...
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