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Leaders work among us in many roles within our organizations and we rely on them to inspire, motivate and guide teamwork. Organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors are moving away from traditional management functions and adopting leadership models that focus on employee empowerment and engagement. In order to become an effective leader, it's important to keep abreast of current leadership styles and philosophies.

To support our communities and businesses, OpenEd has partnered with the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics to create a well-respected University of Guelph Certificate in Leadership program.

About the Certificate in Leadership

The Certificate in Leadership is a multidisciplinary, five-course program. By combining face-to-face and online courses, the program aims to prepare you to thrive in today's dynamic workplace and to serve your community by equipping you with the necessary leadership skills to make a difference in your organization.

The program consists of two required courses and three elective courses, in addition to 120 hours of leadership experience.

If you are looking to build on your strengths and meet the needs of a changing workplace, then the Certificate in Leadership program is for you. Available to Open Learning program students, undergraduates, recent graduates and professionals across industries, this certificate program will provide you with a meaningful exploration of new leadership models and practical applications in a variety of organizational settings. 

Leadership Practice

An important component of the Leadership Certificate is the Leadership experience, during which you complete 120 hours in an approved placement. The purpose is to encourage you to explore and develop a range of critical skills and competencies within a leadership context. With this goal in mind, you must complete your Leadership Practice prior to registering in the capstone course.

Please email Connie Zavitz in the Department of Management for more information about the Leadership Practice component.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Leadership, you will have gained:

  • An historical and theoretical understanding of leadership with particular emphasis on contemporary theories, models and research
  • The ability to balance management knowledge and strategic leadership competencies
  • A broad and multifaceted perspective on the challenges of acquiring, developing, engaging and leading people in pursuit of organizational effectiveness
  • The skills to apply contemporary leadership theories and models to real life problems
  • Leadership experience by completing 120 hours of leadership practice

Additional Information

If you would like additional information on distance education, please visit our Distance Education FAQs page. For specific program-related inquiries, please email the Open Learning program Counsellor.

When you have completed all the requirements for this certificate, you can request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal.

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