Leadership Certificate Program

Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics


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Who should attend

The Leadership Certificate Program is designed for individuals with five or more years of progressive management experience who are at pivotal moments in their careers. Organizations would leverage this program as a way to invest in the development of their high potential leaders.

Participants have typically developed a reasonably extensive business and functional skill set. Thus, the Leadership Certificate Program explores leadership broadly and deeply.

You can expect to be in the company of other high-achieving leaders who face similar challenges and opportunities. Peer coaching, collaboration, and the establishment of lasting networks are essential elements of the learning experience.

  • A Manager who is assuming a new role, initiative, responsibility or team
  • A successful manager not yet (or not recently) exposed to best practices in leadership, management, motivation
  • A successful supervisor, project manager, etc. who wants to prepare for a future role in management
  • A high potential individual contributor seeking to develop leadership capabilities
  • Those tasked with teaching other people management skills, a coach, trainer, or consultant
  • One seeking self-improvement through comprehensive assessment of management skill and style, with coaching

About the course

Certify your leadership potential in just three two-day sessions. Get maximum impact in a manageable format.

The Leadership Certificate Program acts as an accelerator for extraordinary results in your current role and an incubator for seizing future opportunities.

Dr. Bill Hassey leads the certificate program with contributions from hand selected members of the Paul College faculty. Participants can expect an outstanding academic experience with instructors who have a proven track record working with the business community.

The Leadership Certificate Program delivers concepts through a problem-solving framework rich in self-assessment, instruction, coaching, and practice. The tools participants take-away apply to situation after situation and role after role. Participants explore strategies for success in motivation, emotional intelligence, leading change, conflict management, coaching, and much more.

Three intensive two-day sessions are spread out to allow maximum absorption, application, and renewal of concepts covered. Participation in all six days is required for certification.

  • Block 1: Managing Yourself and Leading Others
  • Block 2: Leading High Performing Teams
  • Block 3: Leading Your Organization


Take your leadership potential to the next level.

Pre-Program Preparation:

Learning begins after you enroll and before you arrive on campus for Day One. You will complete a 360-degree assessment called the Emotional and Social Intelligence Inventory. You will meet with your sponsor, probably your manager, to set program goals and select a Strategic Application Project.

First two days

Managing Yourself and Leading Others Through a rigorous 360-degree evaluation process you will gain a unique understanding of your strengths, weaknesses and management potential from the perspective of your boss, your peers, and your direct reports. You will also take leadership and conflict-management assessments that provide further insights into leadership style. This opening session is the foundation for the entire certificate program. You'll learn proven techniques in communication, influence, emotional intelligence, coaching, delegation, and much more.

  • Assessment: MBTI - how you see the world and make decisions
  • Challenging situational leadership lecture and practice
  • Explore the development of your own emotional intelligence

Mid-Program Preparation:

Select a team and, as a group, take assessments that provide deep analysis of your team emotional intelligence, style, and effectiveness. Receive layers of instruction on team dynamics. You'll also meet with your one-on-one Executive Development Programs coach.

Second two days

Leading High performing Teams You'll experience learning through interactive sessions and discover the themes of team dynamics first hand. Engage in problem solving through perspective diversity, out-of-the-box thinking, and risk taking to create memorable team tactics that transfer easily back to your on-the-job teams. Teamwork personifies business today. Leadership requires superior team management skill.

  • Assessment: Team Emotional Intelligence
  • Lecture-lite experiential learning
  • Fearless conflict management models that work

Late-Program Preparation:

Bring your Team Assessment results back and share them with your team. Apply lessons from team dynamics to your Strategic Application Project.

Third two days:

Leading Your Organization Lead from any rung on the corporate ladder. Leadership means that you build relationships, act strategically, enact change, and negotiate for success. These key leadership skills all have models that can be learned, practiced, and implemented.

  • Gain the skills you need to lead and execute a strategic plan
  • Develop negotiation skills that dramatically improve outcomes
  • Finish with an Individual Development Plan in hand

Post Program:

With an assessment and data-driven Individual Development Plan in hand, participate in your second one-on-one coaching session to discuss implementation of your Strategic Application Project

Program Benefits

The most successful participants partner with a sponsor early in the program preparation process, often it is the participant’s manager. Sponsors:

  • Help define overall program goals and expectations
  • Identify and oversee an appropriate “stretch” strategic application project
  • Interpret course content for the work environment

Accelerate your leadership potential. Enjoy these participant benefits:

  • Advance your own “Strategic Application Project” with professional instruction, one-on-one coaching, and peer review
  • Use 360-degree assessment to gain a current perspective of your Emotional Intelligence
  • Receive lots of feedback including two hours of one-one-one coaching
  • Prepare for future roles
  • Build self-awareness of leadership strengths and create a post-program development plan
  • Analyze your management style, conflict management style, team emotional intelligence with proven assessment instruments
  • Build self-awareness of leadership strengths and create a post-program development plan
  • Create meaningful, lifelong professional networking contacts with participants and the Leadership Certificate Program’s accomplished instructors
  • Much more!

Organizations large and small take advantage of this program to train individuals and small groups in Leadership. Others bring the program in-house for a group of employees. The benefits to the organization are many.

  • Profit from cost effective assessment and coaching
  • Cash in on UNH faculty expertise, plus peer consulting, on participant’s own Strategic Application Project
  • Build company leadership bench strength
  • Access university business school caliber deliverables
  • Effect employee turnover and succession plans
  • Create organizational value through this investment in human assets
  • Much more!


Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes, M.Ed., is a part-time faculty member at the University of New Hampshire’s Paul College of Business and Economics, where he teaches organizational behavior. He also teaches at Cambridge College’s Graduate School of Management teaching courses in operations and total quality managemen...

Vanessa Druskat

Vanessa is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior. She is an applied social psychologist who uses her deep knowledge of social systems to help answer real-world questions facing organizations like: How should self-managing teams lead themselves? How should a leader lead a self-managing te...

Rachel Campagna

Rachel Campagna is an Assistant Professor of Management. Her research focuses on factors that affect negotiations and work relationships. Prof. Campagna’s current work examines the impact of trust between parties on their negotiation and post-negotiation behaviors, specifically the extent to whic...

Stephen Ciccone

Stephen Ciccone is the current Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance and an Associate Professor of Finance. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, ...

Robert Gough

Dr. Gough is Managing Director of Chatham Hill, a data and predictive analytics firm that advises companies from early stage to Fortune 500. Chatham Hill develops advanced analytic systems to guide future thinking and intelligent decisions. Through the development of its AI-based and adaptive str...

William Hassey

Bill Hassey is a Principal Lecturer focusing on leadership and organizational behavior at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Bill has been instrumental in advancing the efforts of Executive Education for Peter T. Paul College focusing on Leadership and Organizational Change. In this effo...

Michael R. Kukenberger

Michael R. Kukenberger is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at within the Peter T. Paul School of Business’s Management Department at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to UNH, Kukenberger served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Management and Labor Relatio...

Peter Lane

An entrepreneur turned academic, Professor Peter Lane uses rigorous scholarship to address real-world problems in corporate strategy, leadership, change management, and innovation. Peter has worked with MBAs, managers and executives in the U.S., Europe and Asia as an educator and a consultant. He...

Tuck Pescosolido

Before entering academia, Professor Pescosolido helped set up the Quality Assurance program for an R&D pharmaceutical firm, facilitated the TQM process for a 250 person manufacturing organization, and spent 5 years designing and delivering training sessions for a global management consulting ...

Le Emily Xu

Dr. Emily Xu joined Paul College in the fall of 2003. Her teaching areas include financial accounting, managerial accounting, financial statement analysis, and financial accounting theory. She has received the Whittemore School Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 and the Alan Freeman Prize for O...

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