Effective, ethical leaders are in high demand at business organizations around the world. This certificate offers comprehensive preparation in the skills and knowledge that contribute to strong leadership, including self-awareness, attention to the types of environments that foster strong performance, appropriate leadership models, and accessing and developing talent.

In the certificate program, you will study servant and situational leadership models, coaching and counseling methods to improve performance, and strategies to positively affect organizational change. Upon completion of the certificate, you’ll be prepared to lead your organization more effectively, develop negotiation approaches, and understand how diversity influences organizational creativity and performance.

Through a course schedule that can be completed 100% online, through in-person classes, or a combination of the two formats, you can complete your certificate in as little as 12 months, giving you a valuable credential to add to your resume as you advance your career. Options for scholarships and other financial aid help make your studies affordable —and all certificate courses can also be applied toward a degree, such as an MBA or master of organizational leadership.

With small class sizes and respected professional faculty who will help you achieve your goals, our certificate programs are one of the options that the School of Business and Nonprofit Management offers to students committed to becoming successful, ethical business leaders.


These five classes are required for the certificate in leadership. Click on a course title to read its description.

Review our semester schedules to see current offerings, including online and on-campus classes.

SBNM 5011 – Ethical Leadership
This course examines the importance of ethical leadership to the success of high performance organizations and develops an understanding of the characteristics and requirements of those who chose to lead from an ethical perspective. The course utilizes typologies to analyze organizational ethical issues followed by an exploration of frameworks for developing morally grounded responses. Styles and methods used by successful leaders to lead organizations are explored.

SBNM 5040 – Diversity and Conflict
The modern organization is diverse visibly with respect to diversity gender, race, age, and cultural background and invisibly with respect to multiple aspects of diversity including personality, values, communication styles and management styles. This course addresses the significance of both visible and invisible diversity and the need to understand and manage it. This course also provides a broad survey of approaches to analyzing and managing conflict. A variety of topics will be covered, including identifying the origins of organizational conflict, how to diagnose and positively utilize conflict, understanding the dynamics of conflict, and the appropriate role of effective leadership styles in resolving conflict.

SBNM 5041 – Negotiation and Influence
This course provides a conceptual framework in which to explore competitive and cooperative aspects of business situations and emphasizes the crucial role played by negotiations in accomplishing organizational objectives while enhancing relationships with key stakeholders. The development and use of power to influence others is covered as well as specific negotiating tactics. Students are afforded opportunities for actual negotiating experiences that will help them become better negotiators, attain improved resolutions for disputes, and reach more mutually beneficial agreements.

SBNM 5060 – Talent Development and Retention
This course presents valuable tools and methods that assist with recruitment and retention of the most qualified people that are also a good fit with the organization. Exercises provide experience in selecting the right employees and in coaching and counseling for current and future performance improvement that emphasizes the capacity to provide feedback in a way that it will actually be heard. Finally the ethics of termination will be discussed together with looking when and under what circumstances termination should occur. Additionally, this course will assist with the construction of individualized career plans for each student.

SBNM 5990 – Change Leadership
This course addresses the application of leadership skills to transform organizations. The external and internal drivers of organizational chanage are explored and systems archetypes are utilized to analyze the root causes of organizational issues that must be dealt with in order for change initiatives to be successful.

Gainful Employment Information

North Park University is required to provide detailed information about the gainful employment of our students who enroll in School of Business and Nonprofit Management certificate programs. These disclosures will assist students in making informed enrollment decisions with regards to the possible employment opportunities that accompany each of the certificate programs.

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