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Leadership Skills Non-Credit Certificate

Non-Credit Certificate: Leadership Skills

This program consists of three (3) courses focusing on core leadership themes: change management, strategic planning, and persuasion. Students are taught by University of Denver faculty who also have real-world experience in organizational leadership and people development.

The Leadership Skills Non-Credit Certificate Program is designed to provide you with the tools you need to be an effective leader/manager. Whether you’re a seasoned manager or new to a leadership role, this program equips you to navigate transitions in the workplace and provides skills in strategic thinking and persuasion.

Contact Hours: 20 CE (total)

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Who Should Enroll

This certificate program is designed for any individual who wants to elevate their leadership and management skills, focusing on those who are seeking or have been recently promoted to a leadership role in their organization. Participation in this program provides the opportunity to learn essential leadership skills and network with professionals in the Denver community.

This certificate is a solid option for supervisors, small- to medium-sized businesses managers, nonprofit organizational leaders, and anyone looking to develop a leadership plan in their organization.

Program Goals

  • Learn how to motivate and get the best results from your team through effective leadership
  • Learn the skills and behaviors to lead successful change
  • Improve strategic thinking skills through interactive simulations

Leadership Skills Certificate Requirements

Successfully completing all three (3) courses listed below is required to earn the certificate. Courses do not need to be taken in a particular order. Students have two (2) years to successfully complete all three courses.


Course Descriptions

Leadership and Persuasion (cpddu-0049)

Contact Hours: 7 CE

The art of persuasion allows us to share ideas effectively, without anger or defensiveness. As we seek to persuade others to agree with us, we also open ourselves to their persuasive efforts. As ideas flow back and forth, better ideas emerge. Examine both linguistic and behavioral techniques of persuasion under the guidance of teacher and executive Travis White. Using active exploration of presentations, readings, discussions, and projects, students will have plenty of opportunities to practice their new persuasive skills. Come away with a better ability to persuade others and in the process create successful teams.

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Change Management and leadership (cpddu-0045)

Contact Hours: 6 CE

This two-part course, led by Assistant Professor Pat Greer, explores the relationship between employees and change and provides the tools to become a change leader while managing change. Students will discover the basic skills required for effective and ethical change leadership and discuss the various stages of individual and organizational change, essential relationships between leadership and management, and assorted organizational models for leading change. Students will also explore the concept of an adaptive organization and why the notion that change is easy isn’t true. Finally, students will gain a better understanding of the exciting and opportunity-filled world of change and transition, as well as some tactics for staying sane while leading change.



Fundamentals of Strategic Planning (cpddu-0031)

Contact Hours: 7 CE

Beginning with a clear mission, strategic planning is an iterative, dynamic process of translating the mission into a series of goals and outcomes in public, private, and non-profit organizations. The organization's vision, values, mission, and goals are the core of the process; strategic planning involves a series of options, understanding opportunities, evaluating risks, developing the plan and building in ethics, communication, implementation, and evaluation.

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    Denver, CO 80208
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