Leadership Development Certificate

Develop an effective and ethical leadership approach that creates positive change.

The Leadership Development Certificate will prepare you to address complex challenges and positively impact any organization. Whether you work in business, the non-profit sector, or government, leadership today requires a new approach – one that’s focused on collaboration, community, problem-solving, transparency, authenticity, diversity, and results. 

This 5-course, part-time program will equip you with leadership skills regardless of your current professional level (early career or management). Topics covered include:

  • How to develop approaches for real-world problem solving 
  • How to mobilize individuals and teams toward organizational goals 
  • How to work effectively in diverse settings 
  • How to reflect on moral and ethical leadership 
  • How to utilize your existing workplace experiences for impact 

For those who don’t yet hold a bachelor’s degree or who are looking for an even deeper study of leadership, we also offer Rhode Island’s only Leadership Development bachelor’s degree program.

The Impact of Leading Teams

In this video, Professor Sarah Graumann describes key themes of the Leading Teams (LDR 481) course and the growing importance of teamwork in the workplace, especially during a pandemic, during a live interview with GoLocalProv.

Accelerating Your Career and Leadership Development

In this video, Program Coordinator Dr. Matthew Eriksen describes how the program supports career development and strives to help students dually achieve peak professional performance and personal fulfillment during a live interview with GoLocalProv.

5 Courses

15 total credits needed to complete this program 


Student-to-faculty ratio for a highly personalized learning experience 


transfer credits may be applied


Here we spotlight a few of the faculty contributing to this program:

Professor Matthew Eriksen, Ph.D.

Professor Matthew Eriksen, Ph.D. 
Dr. Eriksen chairs PC’s Department of Management and is the Director of the PC Leadership Fellows. He teaches LDR courses including Leader Development, Leadership and Wellness, Managing Peak Performance, and the Capstone course.

Professor Sean Kenny

Professor Sean Kenny 
Professor Kenny offers more than 25 years of experience coaching work teams in the medical device, pharmaceutical, nonprofit, and retail sectors. He teaches LDR 101 (Leadership Development and Theory).

Professor Kirtley Fisher

Professor Kirtley Fisher 
Professor Fisher has worked in leadership roles in the United States Congress and the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She teaches LDR 201 (Leadership and Diversity).

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