Program Overview

Leadership Certificate Program

This program is designed around three core topics: people, strategy, and change. Combined, these areas form a thorough understanding of leadership as it applies to the individual and to an organization. Using the strategies and techniques discussed in each course, students work through real workplace or career challenges, while gaining perspective from professionals in a variety of industries. Each course includes a industry recognized self-assessment for deeper personal awareness of the leader’s impact and effectiveness Students are taught by experienced corporate leaders, executive coaches, and industry consultants who will cover each topic.


Registration is open for Fall 2017:

  • LEAD_ART 202-0 Leaders as Change Agents — Register by October 24

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Who Should Attend

The Northwestern School of Professional Studies Leadership Certificate is designed for professionals seeking to propel their career forward and elevate themselves as leaders. It is applicable to any individual who wants to better demonstrate their leadership skills on a daily basis, and especially those who are seeking or have received a promotion to an expanded or more advanced professional role in their organization.

Participation in the Leadership Certificate program is a prime opportunity to hone skills that are essential to excel professionally, and to network with professionals from other companies and industries. Each class is designed to be highly interactive using best practices in adult learning. Participants address real work issues and gain insights from fellow classmates and from seasoned experts with decades of practical experience. This approach provides the tools and the real world insights needed for leaders to excel in their organizations.

This is a highly cost-effective option for middle managers, supervisors, owners, and leaders of small- to medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations, and anyone looking to develop a customized plan for leadership within their organization.

Program Goals

During this program, students will:


  • Define their personal leadership style through targeted assessments and group mentoring

  • Learn how to lead and influence direct reports, peers, stakeholders and executives

  • Assemble a personalized strategic development plan

  • Learn the skills and behaviors to lead successful change

  • Engage and align others through storytelling techniques

  • Learn how to anticipate and address dysfunctions within a team

  • Improve strategic thinking skills through interactive simulations

  • Practice delivering feedback confidently and effectively

Custom Leadership Certificate

Earn a joint certificate by combining this certificate with any other Professional Development Program. Students must take all courses from both programs.



Joint certificate options include:

Certificate Requirements

The School of Professional Studies Leadership Certificate consists of three core courses, which may be taken in any order. 

This certificate program results in a three-dimensional understanding of leadership and its applications in real workplace situations. Students will return to work with a robust awareness of themselves as leaders, a roadmap for influencing change within their organization, and the skills to lead and support an effective team.

Core Courses:

  • LEAD_ART 200-0 Leading, Acting, and Thinking Strategically
  • LEAD_ART 202-0 Leaders as Change Agents
  • LEAD_ART 204-0 Developing People and Teams