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Leadership Skills Non-Credit Certificate

Non-Credit Certificate: Leadership Skills

This program consists of selecting three (3) courses focusing on leadership themes: two (2) core courses; and one (1) elective course. 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 leadership skills in strategic thinking and persuasion.

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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 three (3) courses listed below is required to earn the certificate. Students must take two (2) core classes and one (1) elective course for a total of three (3). Courses do not need to be taken in a particular order. Students have two (2) years to successfully complete all three courses.

 

Core Course Descriptions

Change Management and leadership (CPD-0226)

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.

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Reality Based Leadership (cpd-0236)

Contact Hours: 6 CE

Reality Based Leadership will help you shift your mindset so that you can be more effective in work and in life. You will learn 5 emotionally inexpensive competencies; personal accountability, reality-based thinking, organizational alignment, capitalizing on change, and driving for results. This course will change the way you think about your circumstances and those of the people you lead, so that you can ditch the drama, restore sanity to the workplace, and turn excuses to results.

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Elective Course Descriptions

Leveraging Generational Differences: From Boomers to Millennials to Generation Z (CPD-0245)

Contact Hours: 3 CE

In this workshop led by executive coach and trainer Maureen Breeze, explore management strategies to effectively leverage these varying perspectives and ensure that differences don’t cause unnecessary challenges. Begin by identifying differences that exist between each generation and discussing how age, societal norms, and technology work together to fuel these differences. Follow up with a group activity that will examine common friction points experienced between generations, and then explore effective management strategies for leveraging generational differences. Utilizing workplace case studies, consider systems and methods to address professional expectations, accountability, communication, feedback, and other dynamics that promote collaboration and productive work environments. Whether managing Boomers, Millennials, Generation X or Z, gain valuable skills for bridging generational divides.

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Leading Virtual Teams (cpd-0225)

Contact Hours: 3 CE

Remote work fundamentally changes the relationship people have with their teammates and employers, providing an opportunity to recreate and improve our processes in order to thrive in the virtual workplace. This new normal provides leaders with opportunities to empower their teams to higher levels of performance, collaboration, and action. This course will provide attendees the basic knowledge to become more effective virtual managers who can develop and support productive team communities that work across geography and time zones. Join master teacher and virtual engagement expert Trina Hoefling for a crash course on leading high performance teams through and beyond today’s remote environment.

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Growing a Successful Organization (cpddu-0084)

Contact Hours: 10 CE

Looking to grow your organization or business and unsure what steps to take to achieve your goals? Whether you are a seasoned business owner, program manager, or just starting out, this course will show you how to create the organization you desire. Learn the importance of niche marketing in today’s economy and how to create messaging that attracts clients as well as how to identify your ideal customer and discover how speaking your vision can create long-term loyalty. Then, design offerings that differentiate you from competition and learn the importance of your brand, your mindset, and your personal presence in creating profits and success. Designed for the small business owner and organizational leader to teach the foundation of marketing used by the most successful entrepreneurs, you will leave this intensive course with the marketing tools you need to grow the organization you desire.

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Organizations in Times of Crisis (cpd-0230)

Contact Hours: 9 CE

This course will address the many aspects of crisis management from both a human resources perspective and from an overall organizational view. In addition, the instructor will provide realistic and workable recommendations that can be implemented immediately.

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Storytelling for Your Career Transition (cpd-0235)

Contact Hours: 6 CE

In your transition into a new job, hobby, or experience, you may reevaluate your current self, search for what excites you, and develop new opportunities. Crafting your story is a key addition to your transformation. Within this safe setting, you'll learn the fundamentals of story: the history, the brain science, and the skills to become a consistent practitioner. You will activate these critical skills to leverage your success. Additionally, you will effectively navigate new situations with confidence and continue to build upon this powerful communication technique.

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    Denver, CO 80208
  • Phone: 303-871-4161
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  • CPD is accredited by multiple entities including: The Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The National Association of Social Workers, and more. Learn More