Leadership Certification

If you are seeking a leadership position, have been recently promoted or hired into a supervisory position, or are looking to further develop your leadership skills, Madison College's Leadership Certificate is for you.

Choose the topics you need, or complete the Leadership Essentials Series to earn our Essentials of Leadership Badge.

 

Overview

Key topics and competencies include assessing your leadership style, effectively communicating and delegating, coaching others for peak performance, setting goals and resolving workplace conflicts.

This training uses materials that have been thoroughly developed and proven, as well as a certified leadership facilitator.

You do not need to pursue the badge to take any of these courses, and you do not need to apply to any program to earn this badge. You will automatically earn the badge if you complete these required courses with satisfactory grades within three years.

Leadership Essentials Series

We recommend that you begin with the first two courses, Leadership Essentials and Organizational & Personal Change, but you can complete the rest in any order.

Leadership Essentials

As a an overall collaboration of (standard) leadership resources and practices, Leadership Essentials examines the practical behaviors and experiences associated with leading individuals and teams in day-to-day operational functions. These essentials serve as the foundation for more advanced applications of leadership practices, incorporating the various styles of leadership, applications of appropriate leadership traits, and the flexibility necessary to recognize the individual needs and talents of the leader and his/her reporting domain.

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Organizational & Personal Change

As both internal and external sources and forces of change act upon an individual, the ability to proactively prepare for and/or effectively react to a modification in “what is” allows for a cohesive transition of our behavior as the situation warrants. Through awareness of how change can affect our actions, and gaining an understanding of the value and reasons for change, we can better assimilate our progression and acceptance of the changes at hand while being an advocate and champion for the opportunities that may come to our role going forward. Also, understanding the overall change process and methods, practices and techniques to help facilitate change are discussed. Many organizations have great ideas and intentions, but many fail due to poor planning and poor implementation.

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Situational Leadership

Specifically addressing a leadership style that recognizes the need to be flexible in a leader’s approach to “leading,” style varies by the situation presented to the leader. The leader moves through four primary styles of leadership, aligning his/her approach based upon the subject matter and the development level (maturity) of the individual being led.

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Effective Communication

Communication is not communication until the desired, intended meaning and message is accurately conveyed. Listening for meaning rather than quickly responding and checking for understanding and accuracy are emphasized. Leaders must not only be able to speak so others can hear them; they need to be able to listen to effectively make decisions.

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Managing Generations, Diversity & Conflict

Key to a productive, respectful and cohesive workforce is the ability to recognize the values and needs of the various generations and diversity present within the workplace. Understanding how each communicates, learns, what they value and how they leverage technology dictates how an organization must position its vision, values and business strategy to achieve buy-in and support for the greater mission. Also addressed are the underlying causes, motives, factors and catalysts for disagreement. Through the recognition of different values and viewpoints, resolution and often avoidance can be actively obtained by recognizing the behaviors and actions/reactions involved with conflict.

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Personal Productivity

Actively planning and developing controls over the commitment of time spent on tasks, activities and engagements, time management seeks to increase effectiveness and productivity as it relates to the undertaking and completion of priorities. Engaging in the broad array of tasks to manage time includes planning, prioritization, delegation, tracking and analysis of current time commitments, organizing and effective scheduling.

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Coaching for Leadership

This class will provide the skills necessary to create a more formalized open forum for communicating performance and work expectations. This setting allows for specific planning, interactions and deliverables based upon the needs of the individual and the origin of the structured conversation (i.e. performance-based, development-based).

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Providing Performance Feedback

Specifically focused on current behaviors, results and outcomes, the practice of providing continuous insight regarding performance acknowledges the presence (or lack thereof) of the expected results. Recognition builds engagement, both in current and future outcomes, while reinforcing the need to exhibit certain behaviors necessary for successfully performance in a given position.

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Online Courses

If you want to improve your leadership skills on your own time, at your own pace, and from anywhere, these Online Leadership classes are the answer. You can gain the skills that employers are looking for with our selection of online courses. These engaging courses have been developed by industry experts and will deliver key insights and tools you need to advance your career. A combination of lecture, examples and activities, these classes make it easy and fun to sharpen your leadership skills. For additional value, register for Leadership Development Online Series to save $45 off the individual class fees and have access to all class content for a full year.

Effective Communication and Active Listening

Effective communication is an essential leadership skill. Learn how to assess your and others’ communication styles, understand channels of communication, manage verbal and non-verbal behaviors, and focus on assertive rather than aggressive, passive-aggressive styles of communication. Focus on active listening, the art of being fully engaged in a conversation.

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Intro to Conflict Management and Conflict Management Tools

Conflict management in the workplace leads to negativity, stress, and loss of productivity. Learn about common causes of conflict for individuals and organizations. Explore resolution techniques, tools and other cooperative approaches to handling conflict.

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Understanding and Managing Change

Healthy, thriving organizations change and evolve. Learn about common responses to change and sources of resistance. Identify ways to apply change leadership strategies to support a successful change effort.

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Facilitation Basics and Skills for Meetings

Become a strong and effective leader by running productive meetings and improving your facilitation skills. In this class you will learn how to prepare for meetings, types of meetings suited to specific goals, agenda preparation, and ground rules. You will also learn how to reach consensus, resolve conflict and engage meeting participants.

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a valuable skill that helps improve communication, management, problem solving, and relationships in the workplace. EI relates to leadership traits of self-awareness, resilience, motivation, influence, decisiveness and integrity. Learn how to use your emotions and influence others in a positive way.

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Diversity, Inclusion and Managing Generations

The benefits of a diversified workplace manifest through increased productivity brought about by differing viewpoints, experiences and strengths. Learn how culture influences how we perceive gender, race, ethnicity, and age. This class explores diversity, stereotypes, bias, attitudes and conflict, and examines communication strategies to develop a more inclusive culture.

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Leadership Development Series

Transform employees into leaders with this comprehensive, online, on demand, leadership series. Training focuses on communication, conflict management, change management, diversity and inclusion, facilitation skills and emotional intelligence. Learn from examples, exercises, and key takeaways.

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Other Courses

We offer a broad selection of leadership courses beyond our Essentials of Leadership badge that are perfect for the aspiring or current leader who wants to rise above the competition. Hone your communication and teambuilding skills, understand your strengths, or develop your winning sales methodology. Whatever your professional interest, these classes will take your skills to the next level.

 

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Our emotional skills have a direct and important bearing on our relationships with others. We need to understand our feelings, where they come from, and how to properly express them. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions as well as to recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. This course will provide an overview of why EQ (emotional maturity) matters more than IQ (intelligence) in today’s workplace.

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Misfit Mindset

To have a misfit mindset, you think outside the box, activate your curiosity and find solutions to problems. Using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) tools and techniques, this course will assist you to shift limiting beliefs, overcome roadblocks and find creative solutions to achieving your goals. Einstein has a saying: "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results". This course offers you a different direction than your past and with that comes success in achieving your goals. What are you most excited about achieving?

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CliftonStrengths Discovery

Uncover what makes you exceptional and maximize your potential with CliftonStrengths Discovery. Go beyond the basics of just identifying your strengths, learn how to leverage them. Discover what unique contributions you can offer and use that knowledge to focus on specific goals to achieve greater professional (and personal) success.

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CliftonStrengths Full Sequence

Develop a deeper understanding of your strongest CliftonStrengths by going beyond your top 5 themes. Learn how to harness the full sequence of your unique, talent DNA.

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Strengths-Based Management

Go beyond being the boss, and coach your team to greatness. Helping your team play to their strengths is the most time-effective way to improve their performance and engagement at work. The best managers have a keen awareness of their strengths. These managers model behavior by partnering with someone whose strengths complement theirs I a way that is most productive. There are no perfect set of strengths. The best managers utilize their top strengths and determine how to bring out the best of each employees' strengths.

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Leading High Performance Teams

The best leaders know that great management requires an individualized approach. You will learn how to create and sustain extraordinary performance personally, with each team member, and the entire team. You will also learn how to lead conversations that will help employees understand and appreciate their talents, build their engagement, and establish performance expectations to achieve greater success.

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Dealing with Difficult People

You run into difficult people everywhere, which is why it’s important to learn strategies to more graciously deal with them. This course will help you gain a better understanding of why others act the way they do, as well as provide ideas for de-escalating awkward situations.

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Power of Positive Relationships

Improve your relationships at work in order to build trust, become more productive and achieve better results. Managers, employees, or teams will benefit from learning how to focus on creating positive interactions in the workplace.

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Essentials of HR

The SHRM Essentials of Human Resources is an introductory course offering a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of HR. It gives participants foundational knowledge and an introduction to behavioral competencies that are essential for business success. This course is ideal for those who are just starting out in the human resources profession, or those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills. Eligible for 15 Professional Development Credits.

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Effective Communication

Communication doesn't succeed until the intended message is effectively conveyed. That’s why leaders must not only be skilled communicators but also skilled listeners. This course will teach you how to listen for meaning. Communicating for accuracy and understanding will be emphasized.

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Effective Communication

Communication doesn't succeed until the intended message is effectively conveyed. That’s why leaders must not only be skilled communicators but also skilled listeners. This course will teach you how to listen for meaning. Communicating for accuracy and understanding will be emphasized.

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Effective Public Speaking

The ability to successfully communicate at work is one of the key skills employers look for when hiring and promoting. When you become an effective public speaker, you also learn how to communicate clearly in all work situations — thereby enhancing teamwork, articulating ideas and motivating others. This course will teach you how to reduce nervousness, prepare and organize information to assess situational effectiveness, use visual aids, and plan and deliver presentations for different audiences.

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Business Writing for Success

Learn to write to make the best first impression and to be recognized as ready for the next step in your career through clear and concise communication. Employers place clear and concise communication skills at the top of their list when evaluating job applicants. This course will provide you with tips and techniques to quickly elevate your writing skills for success.

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Difficult & Crucial Conversations

Crucial conversations shape expectations, relationships and outcomes. Leaders must plan and execute crucial conversations in the workplace to develop high-performing teams and negotiate important topics. Learn how to build cooperative and rewarding relationship, improve team culture and effect positive change in behaviors.

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Improv for Leadership

Organizations need leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed in today’s complex environment. They need frontline leaders with strong interpersonal skills who can communicate effectively to mobilize and engage others. When you become an effective, improvisational speaker, you also learn how to communicate clearly in all work situations. This course will teach you how to reduce nervousness, read a room, and deliver compelling, spontaneous messages.

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Sales Manager Enablement in B2B Selling

This course provides senior executives, sales leaders, sales managers and aspiring sales managers with a working knowledge of the vital few management abilities a sales manager in complex business to business sales must possess and execute in order to be successful. According to a CSO Insights study, sales manager development has a clear and measurable positive impact on revenue goal attainment, with more than 11% higher win rates. This same study found that poor sales management results in higher turnover, lower salesforce morale and has the potential to limit the continuity of a sales effort. Learn how to develop the best sales force with the insight and skills you will develop in this course.

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Selling Methodology

Based on real-world experience, this course focuses on leveraging technical excellence, identifying client needs, and articulating value. After this course, you will know how to run engaging, productive sales calls; provide insights; link prospects' objectives and pain points to available solutions; resolve objections and resistance, and more. Become the top salesperson in your organization with skills learned in this comprehensive class.

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Registration

To register, use the course links above or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.