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Leadership Essentials

Started Jul 11, 2017

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

  • Taught by Michael Crant, 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 Essentials

  • Taught by Michael Crant, PhD.
  • Students should enroll in this certificate to further hone leadership skills and learn what types of people become leaders. 
  • Learn how and why people are motivated to satisfy needs, and  the sources of job satisfaction.  
  • Compare the pros and cons of utilizing teams. 
  • Further enhance your decision-making techniques and identify some common mistakes in decision making.
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Leadership Essentials

There is no “one best way” to lead. To be a successful leader, you must be able to match your leadership style to each unique situation. In the Leadership Essentials Certificate you will examine theories and learn methodologies that outline the responsibilities of leadership, proven management methods and best practices for leading effective teams that produce results.

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

Responsibility of Leadership

Unit 1 will address five main questions: 

  • What is Leadership and why is it important to followers?
  • Are leaders born and not made?
  • What do leaders do? Is there one style that will always be effective?
  • What is Transformational Leadership and what are the keys to its success?
  • What are contemporary approaches to leadership?

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

  • Define leadership and describe its importance.
  • Compare and contrast the relationship between personality traits and leadership.
  • Describe the role of a leader and analyze various leadership styles that can be used to fulfill that role.
  • Define Transformational Leadership and illustrate the key success factors.
  • Describe and analyze various contemporary approaches to leadership.


Managing for Results

Unit 2 will address five main questions: 

  • What are the determinants of job performance, and how are people motivated to satisfy needs?
  • What are the sources of job satisfaction?
  • What are the most effective ways to link consequences to behaviors and what are the types of consequences that leaders use?
  • Why do we care about fairness in the workplace? What is Equity Theory?
  • How is self-confidence related to goals and goal setting?

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

  • Discuss the determinants of job performance, and explain how people are motivated to satisfy needs.
  • Describe the sources of job satisfaction.
  • Determine the most effective ways to link consequences to behaviors utilizing proven methods of leadership.
  • Explain Equity Theory and its impact on fairness in the workplace.
  • Define and describe the SMART Framework and its correlation to self-confidence.

Managing Teams and Making Better Decisions

Unit 3 will address five main questions: 

  • What are the best practices of effective teams?
  • What are the dysfunctions of ineffective teams?
  • What are the assets and liabilities of utilizing teams?
  • How do people make decisions?
  • What are some common mistakes in decision making?

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

  • Describe best practices of healthy teams and the role of leadership.
  • Analyze team dysfunctions and describe the role of leadership with ineffective teams.
  • Compare and contrast team communications, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Recognize and utilize effective team decisions and describe common mistakes in team decision making.
  • Recognize and utilize effective team decisions and describe common mistakes in individual decision making.



Dr. Michael Crant is senior faculty member in the Department of Management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. He is internationally known for his research on proactive behavior at work and has developed the “proactive personality scale,” which is the most frequently used measure of proactivity in the field of management. He holds both a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Florida, and earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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 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 Short Course 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 Short Course 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
What if I have a technical or policy question? Please email