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Leadership Effectiveness


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In this Certificate, you learn the basic tenets of leadership of groups and organizations.

  • Taught by Peter A. DeLisle, PhD.
  • Students will be able to clearly identify the key components of leader effectiveness to include: awareness of self and others; critical interpersonal skills; professional development and its utilization in the leadership of others; problem-solving as a reflective process and successful conflict management in challenging environments.
  • Participants will be able to identify, describe and assess their effectiveness and developmental needs as leaders of groups and organizations.
Leadership Effectiveness

Leadership Effectiveness

  • Taught by Peter A. DeLisle, PhD.
  • Students will be able to clearly identify the key components of leader effectiveness to include: awareness of self and others; interpersonal skill as the critical key component; professional development as a specific role of the leader; problem-solving as a reflective process and successful conflict management as their constant challenge.
  • Participants will be able to identify, describe and assess their effectiveness and developmental needs as leaders of groups and organizations.
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Leadership Effectiveness

As a leader, what are you prepared to do? The Leadership Effectiveness Certificate  provides a pragmatic approach to answering this fundamental question regarding leadership decision-making. 

Following a practical methodology, you will learn the following leadership topics: motivation, professional development, teams and climates for creativity.

This Certificate has three Units so you can easily fit the learning into your personal schedule.

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2019 Start Dates: January 7, February 11, March 11, April 18, May 14, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9
Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3

Leader Effectiveness and Motivation 

Leader Effectiveness and Motivation: The topic of leader effectiveness will be introduced as an interdependent model engaging the key constructs of personal and situational awareness, the ability to bring influence to bear on people and organizations, and the acceptance of responsibility and the commitment to the duties of leadership. The importance of seeking and giving constructive feedback will be examined in the context of the leader’s key role. The topics to be addressed in the program of study will be meta-cognition and how it related to innovation, cognitive problem-solving and leadership strategies to embrace innovation and change.

When students successfully complete this Unit, they will have the ability to:

  • Describe the concept of leader effectiveness and distinguish between leadership and management.
  • Discuss the importance of critical self-reflection of leadership roles.
  • Explain the process and importance of seeking and giving constructive feedback.
  • Discuss the ability to influence others, with and without authority, and how to make hard decisions.
  • Outline the fundamentals of motivation.
  • Compare and contrast the various methods that people use to solve problems, from a cognitive perspective.


Professional Development

Professional Development: The topics to be covered in this Unit will be the developmental nature of professional growth; and the relationship between the individual engaged in the skill acquisition process and the role and responsibilities of the supervisor, mentor or coach. Mirroring the tradition of the guild hall, the conversation guides the participant through the four stages of development and shows the critical impact of feedback and direction in a person’s movement to high performance. 

When students successfully complete this Unit, they will have the ability to:

  • Analyze the development of subordinates and organizations as a systematic process.
  • Describe the importance of the leader’s actions and the individual’s performance.
  • Reflect on your personal style of leadership and it’s efficacy.
  • Recognize and distinguish cognitive problem-solving styles.
  • Develop skill to promote creativity and influence success in problem-solving.
  • Recognize and understand the importance of diversity of thought in problem-solving.
  • Describe the nature of cognitive climates and their impact on people and organizations.

Teams and Climates for Creativity

Teams and Climates for Creativity: The topics to be addressed in this Unit will be the challenges and discipline required for commitment to interdependency, which is the fundamental factor necessary for effective, high-performance teams. In addition, the human factors associated with intellectual property and altruism will be addressed. Conditions for examining these issues will be assessed, and recommendations for team-building offered. Models of effective organizational climates for dealing with complexity and uncertainty will be presented. Particular interest will be given to how leaders build and sustain climates for innovation.  In addition, critical reflection regarding the factors that destroy these climates, extinguishing innovation and creativity, will be examined.

When students successfully complete this Unit, they will have the ability to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of when and how to use teams.
  • Describe the development process for building high performance teams.
  • Recognize the elements of high performance teams.
  • Recognize and analyze common pitfalls and errors in the use of teams to promote productivity.

Who should enroll:  This Certificate is ideal for individuals who want to increase their skills and value to their future organizations, including those planning a career in:

  • Business Ownership
  • Business Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Service Department
  • Project Management.



Dr. Peter DeLisle has been an executive educator for over twenty-five years, teaching professionals about leadership and organizational effectiveness. He has been an army officer, a corporate executive, an entrepreneur and an award-winning university professor, holding an endowed chair in human behavior. Dr. DeLisle's background in education includes award-winning teaching in engineering, education and commerce. He has held the William B. Severns Chair in Human Behavior in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana and is a member of the executive education faculty at the University of Notre Dame. He has also served as a program manager for the Center for Creative Leadership. Dr. DeLisle's industry experience includes executive leadership at Hewlett-Packard Company and Convex Computer of Dallas. He has served as an advisor to the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the E.M. Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and the Texas Association of School Boards. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Development Leadership and Phi Kappa Phi from the College of Education at the University of Texas in Austin.


University of Notre Dame

Mendoza School of Business

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is a premier Catholic business school that fosters academic excellence while promoting business as a force for good in society. A leader in values-based education with the message of Ask More of Business™, the College offers innovative coursework that integrates real-life case studies, a faculty renowned for teaching and research, international study opportunities, and interactions with some of the foremost business thought leaders. 

Mendoza degree programs include top-ranked Undergraduate Studies, which offers five majors – Accountancy; Finance, IT Management, Management Consulting and Marketing – as well as seven graduate business degrees: Notre Dame MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Management and the Master of Nonprofit Administration. The College also offers several dual-degree graduate programs, as well as custom and open-enrollment program in executive education and nonprofit administration. 


Course Rules

Question Policy
How is the Certificate designed? Each Certificate Course is specialized content from a top university and contains three Units. Each Unit has an end of Unit quiz which must be passed prior to moving forward. At the end of all three Units, you must pass a Certificate final exam in order to earn the Certificate.
How is the Certificate Unit graded? The lessons are pass/fail in nature. The Unit quizzes and a final exam must be passed with 80% proficiency in order to complete and receive the Certificate.
How many times can I take an end of Unit quiz in the Certificate? The Unit quiz may be taken an unlimited number of times.
How many times can I take the end of Certificate exam? Students have two attempts to pass the end of Certificate final exam. Students who do not achieve the required minimum score of 80% by the second attempt will not pass the course and will not receive a Certificate.
How long do I have to complete the Certificate Unit? You will have 90 days to finish the Certificate.
What if I signed up for the wrong Certificate? (What is the refund policy?) Your satisfaction is our goal. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you will have 3 days from purchase by which to request a refund for the International Honors Certificate. However, please note that if you have accessed more than one lesson/module/topic's worth of content, no refund will be given. For assistance, please email
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