We have been helping people learn and develop new skills for over 125 years. We know that people learn more, understand ideas more completely, and more fully realize their potential if they are active participants in a process that is relevant to their needs and interests. And that is why our Executive Education program is...

  • Adapted to your business. Participants can use what they learn today in the workplace immediately.
  • Built around “coaches” not “teachers.” Other programs rely on the lecture model of education—instructors who tell people what to do and then expect them to do it. In our program, students work on real-world problems and receive feedback and support from Westminster faculty coaches. Their progress is evaluated by how well they can demonstrate what they’ve learned in their own work environment.
  • Uses coaches with real world experience. Westminster faculty have occupied executive offices as well as taught in classrooms. They have been coaches throughout their entire careers. They know what skills people need to succeed and they know how to help them develop those skills.

Mastering Leadership Certificate

About the Program

The Mastering Leadership Certificate program is built around 10 two-day courses focused on essential leadership skills. Each session goes through a three-stage process: pre-work, practice in real-world activities and then application in the workplace. Throughout each stage, a faculty coach is assigned to work with each participant and is available to consult with participants individually.

Each two-day course is devoted to a specific leadership concept and follow-on projects are coached by a Westminster expert. The program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. Limited classroom time means less distraction from work activities. Real-world projects translate into immediate return on investment for your company.

  • Prior to each course, materials focused on a specific dimension of leadership are sent to each participant.
  • Each two-day course requires students to demonstrate that they can apply the material in real-world activities.
  • After each course, follow-on projects are assigned and students work with their coach as they complete the project in their own work environment.
  • Includes advance materials, access to online resource materials, class sessions, project customization and follow-on coaching.
  • The Certificate Program can be completed in less than a year.
  • Completion of Certificate Program makes participants eligible for either;
    • Prior learning assessment credits towards an Undergraduate Project-based Bachelor of Business Degree Program (up to 10 credits)
    • Admission to the Accelerated Project-based Masters of Business Degree Program at Westminster College. (completed in 4 full time semesters vs 5 in the regular Project based Masters of Business Degree Program)

Program Cost

Each course includes all pre-work, hard copy and cloud-based materials and post-session coaching. Pricing varies depending on the company objectives for the program and desired contextualization. Contact the program director for more information.

Coursework Load

Participants should expect to spend from 2 to 4 hours a week on their project and working with their coach via the learning management system.

Time to Complete

The program is scheduled so that participants can complete in one year or less. There are ten 2-day courses.

Group Size

We suggest a minimum of 15-18 participants which is ideal for a team atmosphere and to create synergy. However, if a company has a larger or smaller group, custom programs can be adapted for any size group.

Course Descriptions

Course 1: You as a Leader

This overarching course begins the transformation process from being managers to being true Leaders—leaders who can move the organization toward realizing the organization’s full potential; Leaders who can set a vision, plan to achieve that vision, and motivate stakeholders; Leaders who can: Lead, Communicate and Inspire; Chart a Strategic Direction; and Drive High Performance.

Course 2: Communicate the Vision

Craft messages and deliver presentations that propel the organization forward, that communicate a vision, and that compel others to buy into a vision.

Course 3: Inspire, Negotiate, and Coach

Use coaching tools to evoke the highest performance possible. Master the art of negotiation and conflict resolution to deepen relationships and enhance effectiveness.

Course 4: Lead Teams and Projects

Develop tools to lead teams and projects that deliver results on-spec, on-time and on-budget. Harness the power of teams to jumpstart the achievement of organizational goals and performance.

Course 5: Evaluate the Market

Evaluate the external environment of the organization - competitors, clients - to uncover invaluable market intelligence and trends. Support concise and accurate strategic decision making.

Course 6: Create Strategy

Shape strategy that gives the organization a “global-best” market direction, even when that direction requires difficult decisions. Develop implementation plans that map a clear path toward fulfillment of strategic direction.

Course 7: Change & Innovate

Foster the culture and discussions necessary to keep the organization innovating, always ahead of others in the market. Evaluate and implement change that builds upon the organization’s advantages and attributes.

Course 8: Retain & Energize Talent

Build highly productive talent and teams that are able to fully realize the organization’s goals and vision. Use tools to challenge, promote, and retain the talent you need.

Course 9: Evaluate Financial Performance to Lead Change

Measure and evaluate the organization’s track record, using validated metrics that assess the company’s client, finance, process, and productivity parameters, as well as strategic goal achievement.

Course 10: Lead Process Improvement

Rebuild and reinvigorate processes in collaboration with key stakeholders to move the organization closer to its goals. Map, evaluate and execute processes that enhance performance.

Course 11: Analyzing Information

Use basic and intermediate Excel to analyze data in order to make informed decisions and build strategic business leadership skills.

Course 12: Sales and Customer Relationship Management

Lead your organization in customer development and management by growing client relationships and improving your sales process. Create a customer development and management plan that contributes the growth of your company.

Customized Sessions

Westminster College can help meet your talent development needs in several ways:

  • The Mastering Leadership Certificate Program is available as an exclusive program for your company. That means we customize the approach, and the projects for your business, industry and customer. Courses can be offered on campus or on-site at your company.
  • Westminster’s rich expertise means we can create specific custom programs for your immediate business requirements whether it is a business, communication or technical topics.
  • Westminster’s flexibility allows us to work around your companies busy schedule and accommodate to your locale needs.
Sessions start at $700.00 per person for each 2-day session. Discounts are applicable for Westminster students and executive cohorts of 20 or more.