Leadership can be difficult to define, and effective leadership may not always come naturally. But good leaders know the importance of continuing their education to help them be more effective at what they do. Post University offers a number of leadership certificate programs that make it possible for leaders to continue their education and add some new skills to their resumes. If you are interested in taking your leadership abilities to the next level, or you want to position yourself for a leadership role, these continuing education leadership courses could be a good fit.
Benefits of Professional Development
Professional development keeps your skills strong. When you invest in professional development and continuing education, you learn new, practical ways you can grow and lead your own teams. Professional development keeps your skills fresh and relevant, even if you are well-established in your career.
Continuing Education Courses in Leadership
If you are in a position of leadership, you will find that the certificates in leadership from Post University can provide that important professional development. Take the next step towards becoming effective in your coaching and leadership role with this continuing education option. Each of the classes listed under each program is available as a self-paced, online class. Many can stand alone if you do not need your certificate, but all are part of one of three certificate programs.
Certificate in Leadership
Whether you are aspiring to become a leader or already hold a position in leadership, this certificate program will help you become even more effective in that role. Here are some of the courses you will take to earn this certification.
1. Introduction to Leadership
Introduction to Leadership provides a basic introduction to what leadership is and why it is important to today’s organizations. It provides a foundation for being not just an administrator or manager, but a leader.
2. Body Language for Leaders
Leaders who can read the body language of their people are invaluable in the workplace. This knowledge makes it easier to read people and understand their emotions and motivations. This course also teaches how to use body language to make the right impression on others.
3. Leaders and Work-Life Balance
When in a position of leadership, striking a balance between work and family life is not always easy. This course teaches you how to find the right balance to be a great leader and also a great member of your family.
4. Leading and Managing Change
Change is inevitable, and in the modern workplace it seems like it is happening around every corner. In this course, up-and-coming leaders will learn how to manage change while leading people. It will prepare you to be an effective leader even when the organization you head is facing change.
5. Leading Teams
Leading teams is different than leading individuals. It requires an understanding of team dynamics and politics. This introductory course will help you learn this unique dynamic and the skills you need to effectively manage teams.
Certificate in Managing Change and Resolving Conflict
For an established leader, one of the biggest challenges of the workplace is managing the inevitable conflicts that arise among the people you lead. This certificate involves six courses that will enable you to understand and manage conflicts more effectively. Here are the classes that will earn you this certificate.
1. Emotional Intelligence for Managers
The ability to identify and control your own emotions is one of the most important ways to create positive outcomes in the relationships in your life and professional world. By growing your emotional intelligence, you will be able to improve your leadership skills and be able to handle and resolve conflicts effectively.
2. Handling Difficult Employee Behavior
Some employees are going to be difficult, no matter how well you lead them. This course will address how you can handle difficult behaviors and is filled with practical tips to deal with these challenges.
3. Handling Workplace Conflict
Workplace conflicts often fall in the lap of leadership, so you need to know how to handle them. This course focuses on common workplace conflicts and what you need to do to handle them.
4. Leading and Managing Change
Because change is so common in the workplace, it deserves a course of its own. This one focuses on how to identify and handle change and its effect on the people you lead.
5. Communicating Collaboratively
The most effective teams are those that can communicate with one another and make choices together, and that is what this course teaches. It looks at interpersonal communication strategies and how to use them to effectively work in large and small groups.
6. Negotiations: Resolving Disputes
Resolving disputes in the workplace often requires some negotiation. This course will teach you the art of negotiation, giving you practical ways you can put this skill to use when conflicts arise in your workplace.
Certificate in Leadership for Women in Business
Women who are leaders in business often face unique challenges that their male counterparts do not face. This certificate program focuses on giving them the skills they need to excel in positions of leadership, despite the challenges those positions bring. Each of these courses focuses specifically on leadership training for women.
1. Body Language for Women in Business
Women leaders can use their body language to show both warmth and strength. This course looks at the impact of gender stereotypes on the way body language is read, while also addressing body language across cultures and on virtual platforms.
2. Current Issues Facing Women in Business
Women in business face unique challenges, and this course addresses those. It includes a look at fields where women are underrepresented, while also looking at some of the ways gender equality has been achieved in recent years.
3. Leadership and Management for Women in Business
Women in leadership roles improve the bottom line for their companies, but gender stereotypes still create challenges. This course addresses those challenges and what female leaders can do to overcome them.
4. Communication for Women in Business
This course covers effective communication in work, while also addressing the criticism and biases often placed towards women speakers.
5. Work-Life Balance for Women in Business
Often, women bear the brunt of the family and household responsibilities, which makes a work-life balance critical. This course will outline how to achieve that.
6. Networking and Mentorship for Women in Business
Women supporting other women through networking and mentorship relationships is a critical way to develop more female business leaders. This course will address how to establish those types of relationships in a busy work environment.
7. Negotiation for Women in Business
Negotiation for women in business is possible, but you might need some training to break into a part of a business world that has been heavily considered a male process. This course explores the negotiation process and how women can be strong, effective negotiators.
Start Your Professional Development with Post University
Whether you are looking to brush up on one skill or you want to earn a full certificate, Post University is ready to help. Reach out today to learn more about our professional development and continuing education options. You can also register for one of these certificate programs online, so you can start your semester whenever you are ready.
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