Organizational Leadership Certificate Program

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, projections are on the upswing for occupational growth in organizations. These statistics make the case for the need for leaders who are prepared to assume leadership roles and lead organizations with the knowledge and charisma that contribute to successful outcomes. This is accomplished though strengthening leadership capabilities, exploring contemporary models of leading change, decision-making, innovation, organizational behavior, diverse teams, and organizational culture.

Thus, the OL Certificate program will meet the professional and/or scholarly pursuits of the following:

  • Individuals who may not desire the M.A. degree, but want to glean additional skills
  • Individuals who may want Graduate credit hours toward the M.A. degree

Through a hybrid model that balances classroom experiences on campus with online study, the OL Certificate Program will be offered in three five-week modules. Through the lens of “Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership” students will cover the following:

  • Module One: Leading Inclusive Organizations (1 credit hour)

Viewing diversity and inclusion as a leadership function is vital for well- functioning organizations and societies. Yet, as we look to the future of our marketplace and workforce, we recognize that huge demographic shifts are happening that impact our business model and require a new way of conducting business and ensuring strategic diversity and intentional inclusion. Understanding the diversity and inclusion essentials to move from good intentions to evidenced-based application and the traits of an intentional and authentic diversity leader is paramount to thriving societies. Managing and valuing human difference is an essential step toward effectively leading inclusive organizations. This module consists of a series of incremental, experiential activities that provide peer training strategies for welcoming diversity and leading in diverse communities/organizations. The module is designed to help leaders understand the dynamics of oppression, unconscious bias by working through a series of personal and small group explorations. Participants will engage in micro-learning activities and self-reflective guided conversations on topics related to the overall value and management of human difference in the workplace.

  • Module Two: Managing Conflict Through Advanced Communication (1 credit hour)

When addressing the issue of inadequate communication within the organizational culture, it is imperative that we equip today’s professional with the ability to identify, analyze and resolve interpersonal and intergroup conflict.  Since conflict is inevitable and often times used as the point of origin for positive change, it is also essential that we understand the fundamental difference between conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation and how effective communication must serve as a daily tool for personal and professional success within the field of organizational management.  The Conflict Management Advanced Communication module will assist the student with first, understanding the importance of identifying the presence of any personal communication obstacles by gaining insight into their own conflict management style.  Conflict Management Advanced Communication will provide an elevated understanding of reflective listening, information sharing and the proper use of both professional and personal assertion.  We will also explore the field of kinesics by highlighting the valuable use of non-verbal communication.  Each student, by way of practical exercises and instruction, will be provided the opportunity to develop problem-clarification and problem-solving skills as well as those conflict management skills that will enable them to effectively deal with organizational disputes and differences that involve the presence of intense emotion.

  • Module Three: Business Law and Ethics (1 credit hour)

Law, in its simplest form, is used to protect one party from another. For instance, laws protect customers from being exploited by companies. Laws protect companies from other companies. Laws even protect citizens and corporations from the government. However, law is neither perfect nor all encompassing. Sometimes, societal ethics fill the voids that laws leave behind; other times, usually when societal ethics have been systematically violated by a group of the population, we write laws that are designed to require individuals to live up to certain ethical standards. This module will introduce you to the laws and ethical standards that managers must abide by in the course of conducting business. Laws and ethics almost always shape a company’s decision-making process. By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding of the legal and ethical environment in which businesses operate.

These credit hours will be transferable to any Columbia College Graduate program as an elective course if a participant desires to continue her/his studies beyond the Certificate Program.

In this program, students will explore organizational issues related to inclusivity, communication, and ethics and how to effectively lead themselves and others by developing a better understanding of the nature and dynamics of organizational behaviors that impact organizational performance and effectiveness. Students will leave this course with skills to embrace differences, engage in crucial conversations, and lead ethically in organizations.

The program tuition is $1500 for the 15 weeks to include program materials.

Module One: Leading Inclusive Organizations

January 11: 9:00am – 4:00pm
January 18: Online
January 25: Online
February 01: Online
February 08: Online

Module Two: Managing Conflict Through Advanced Communication

February 22: 9:00am – 4:00pm
March 01: Online
March 08: Online
March 15: Online
March 22: Online

Module Three: Business Law and Ethics

April 05: 9:00am – 4:00pm
April 12: Online
April 19: Online
April 26: Online
May 3: Certificate Completion 9:00am – 1:00pm

All 9:00 am – 1:00pm sessions will meet on the Columbia College Campus.

Click here to apply or for program information contact Dr. Katrina Spigner, Director, Organizational Leadership Graduate Program: or by telephone at 803-786-3776.