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About the course

Today’s organizational leaders are one part manager, one part HR professional. This certificate program will teach professionals new to a leadership role how to elevate into a true leader instead of simply a manager. Find out what your leadership style is and how to develop the interpersonal skills needed to take charge. Knowing that will allow you to not only staff your team effectively, but manage it to its fullest potential as well, building a high-performance group.

These seven courses, developed by faculty at Cornell University, will equip you to manage your time, make clear, decisive decisions for the betterment of your organization, and communicate those decisions to upper management.


  • Know the difference between leadership and management and devise a strategy for overcoming new leadership challenges
  • Create a strategy to create a high-functioning team
  • Apply leverage points for enabling the team to take ownership for its own success and shift leadership role as the team assumes greater responsibility
  • Assemble the different dimensions of interpersonal communications and apply them to difficult conversations
  • Establish standards for productivity, processes, quality, conduct, and timeliness
  • Set appropriate performance goals with individual employees and create an effective system of accountability
  • Determine current workforce needs with an eye to future changes and skills that might be needed
  • Develop a hiring plan that maximizes your likelihood of a good hire and communicate effectively with job candidates
  • Create a workplace atmosphere that reduces the occurrence of behavior issues and learn how to resolve issues as they arise


  • Leadership Essentials Certificate from Cornell ILR School
  • 56 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • 39 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward PMI recertification
  • 36 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification

Who should attend

  • New managers
  • Professionals looking to move into a management role

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Allison Elias

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise Gender and Diversity in organizations, Social Mobility, Career Ladders Biography Allison Elias works under Melissa Thomas-Hunt, the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence at Vanderbilt University Publications Elias’ research has been published in various ...


Diane Burton

Overview I am a faculty member in the ILR School at Cornell University. My primary appointment is in human resource studies with courtesy appointments in organizational behavior and sociology. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty in 2009, I was a faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Managem...


Kate Walsh

Biography Dr. Kate Walsh was named the seventh dean and E.M. Statler Professor of the School of Hotel Administration on June 16, 2017. She served as interim dean and E.M. Statler Professor for one year beginning July 1, 2016, the first day of operations for the Cornell SC Johnson College of Busi...


Alex Colvin

Alexander Colvin is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Diversity, and Faculty Development and the Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is an associate member of the Cornell Law Faculty. His research and teaching focuses on employment dis...


Beth Livingston

I am an assistant professor in Human Resource Studies, with teaching interests in HR and Staffing, and research interests in gender, stereotyping, and the management of work and family. Originally from Kentucky, I began my education at big state schools in the south before joining the faculty in ...


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