Personal Leadership Certificate (Stanford Lead)
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Learn to lead with impact by developing skills to be a compassionate, courageous, and curious leader with the humility necessary for continued growth.
Stanford LEAD’s Personal Leadership Certificate is an academically rigorous online program that produces leaders who strive for impact. By enhancing your understanding of yourself, others in your network, and the context in which all interaction takes place, you will become a more purposeful leader.
Further your leadership impact to advance yourself, your team, and your organization.
- Improve self and situational awareness.
- Gain leadership competencies including communicating with impact, managing difficult conversations and crises, leading effective teams, and building power to exert influence.
- Engage real-time with Stanford GSB faculty in interactive, virtual sessions
- Develop your skills and personal leadership style in real-time, by leveraging actionable feedback and applying your learnings at work.
- Connect with a diverse community of highly engaged peers from around the world.
The LEAD Personal Leadership curriculum: Eight rigorous courses. 250-plus hours of engagement. One year of profound virtual, social, and global learning.
Start With the Fundamentals
The LEAD Personal Leadership curriculum begins with two foundation courses. Through proven frameworks, innovative tools, and expert insights, these courses will enhance your self-awareness and guide you towards identifying the electives that will help you reach your goals.
- Foundations of Leadership gives you insights into the principles of effective leadership and how others perceive your leadership style. You will use Stanford’s proprietary 360° feedback tool, a proven management evaluation tool, through which you gather constructive feedback, to develop an action plan with a coach, based on your results and personal goals.
- Values-Based Leadership teaches you how to lead with your values and how to respect the values of others on your team and in your organization.
Customize Your Personal Leadership Curriculum Path With Electives
After completing the foundation courses, you will select six electives from a range of leadership competencies, including communication, decision making, team and culture management, and building and exerting power, to personalize your learning journey. Combined with the newfound understanding of your leadership values, strengths, and needs, these courses will enable you to focus on the leadership development areas necessary to become the leader you aspire to be in the long term.
What to Expect
Stanford LEAD has a unique, collaborative, and experiential design that requires active participation, such as watching exclusive course videos, reading case studies, participating in interactive speaker sessions, and collaborating on small team projects. Through these connection-driven activities, you will be able to apply course concepts immediately, share learnings, and receive feedback from faculty and your cohort of peers.
The Personal Leadership curriculum is rigorous. Expect to spend an average of three to five hours per week per course. While the eight-course curriculum is designed to be completed in one year, you may have up to 24 months to complete the program.
Earn Your Certificate
Upon program completion, you will receive a Stanford GSB certificate in two formats: a Certified Electronic version that may be posted on your social networks or shared with your employer and a frameable version. Additionally, you will receive 24 CEUs, which can be helpful in meeting professional recertification requirements or to qualify for professional development or tuition reimbursement programs.
Who should attend
- Experienced leaders from large and small companies who are intent on mastering the foundations of leadership
- Individuals whose success and impact depends on effective interactions with others in their organizations
- Professionals who are motivated to sincerely assess and work to improve their personal leadership skills to become more effective leaders