Leadership Certificate

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The Leadership Certificate Program is a self-paced leadership development program that will help you explore a stronger sense of self and the characteristics of effective leadership that is not only important to growing as a holistic person, but also highly marketable in the job market.

The LCP is a customizable program during the fall and spring semester. Spend a year gaining new skills and strategies and immediately apply what you learn in your on campus job or as a leaders in your organization. You develop an action plan for the year with an on campus mentor and learn from intentional conversation and constructive feedback

Over the course of the program, you will:

  • Complete an assessment tool to gather constructive feedback about behaviors that you and others exhibit in various dynamics and how that impacts leadership
  • Explore principles of effective leadership and learn critical leadership skills through prominent theory structures, hands on activity, and one-on-one mentor meetings
  • Grow in your skills and personal leadership style while working or leading an organization and immediately apply what you're learning
  • Develop a strong sense of the type of leader you want to be through a values based leadership lens, in professionalism, and a global competency
On completion, you will receive a Lamar University certificate in leadership that demonstrates your skills, determination, and ability to lead with purpose.

1. Core Courses

Students enrolled in the Leadership Certificate will complete one session each of these Core Courses:

In addition to the Core Course sessions in Fall 2018, Core Courses will also be offered 3 times in Spring 2019. Each Core Course will be offered 5 times total throughout the Leadership Certificate program.

2. Elective Courses

In addition to completing one session each of the Core Courses, participants will also complete 5 to 7 Elective Courses. Course topics include:


3. Mentor Meetings

Participants in the Leadership Certificate Program will complete 3 one-on-one meetings with their Leadership Mentor:

  • Meeting 1 - Early Fall - Goal Setting and Planning
  • Meeting 2 - Mid-Year - Progress Review
  • Meeting 3 - Late Spring - Year-End Review

4. Community Service

Participants will complete a certain number of community service hours during the annual Big Event each April. The exact number of required hours will be determined by the program supervisor.

5. Capstone

To compete their journey in the Leadership Certificate Program and receive their LU Leadership endorsement, students will complete a Capstone project: Marketing Your Experience. The Capstone will prepare participants to market their leadership experience at Lamar University.


Core Course Descriptions

Social Styles

Have you ever met someone that you really click with and others that seem like a lot of work to connect with? Personalities either feed each other or drain each other. The Social Styles assessment is an instrument that helps you understand people and the behaviors that you and others exhibit in various dynamics. Do you think and act quickly, or do you like to take more time? Are you friendly and sociable, or do you hold yourself more reserved in social settings? Differences can create balance in various types of relationships, but how we operate can also lead to misunderstandings and frustration. As leaders, it’s important to be able to work with everyone, and it’s important that you understand how you respond and are understood when you respond to people who are different than you. Learning to lead people requires knowing yourself, and knowing others. You will learn to use Social Styles to begin to see yourself as others see you, and to behave in ways that create productive, enjoyable relationships with everyone.

Personal Professionalism

In this session students will focus on creating their own personalized version of professionalism. Students will critique the ideas of professionalism, learn about the commonalities and basic expectations of professionalism, and begin to create a professional style that matches with their personality, goals, dreams, and authentic self. This session will include a varied look at professionalism that centers on personalizing one’s own version that aligns with one’s personal philosophy as well as the expectations of leadership in college and beyond.

Interpersonal Conflict: Finding Resolution Through Effective Communication

Interpersonal conflict is a normal part of working with others. Though negative thoughts usually come to mind with the word “conflict”, how you view the bigger picture with everyone involved can lead to great opportunities for growth and development. Students will learn about the different types of conflict that exist and discuss experiences/work through examples. While it is important to recognize these types of conflict, more importantly, students will gain familiarity with the different handling styles to work most appropriately through any conflicts they may face. Additionally, students will review their social style and look for similarities and opportunities for development as they progress in their leadership abilities.

Moral and Ethical Decision Making: Decisions, Decisions…A “How To Guide” on Moral and Ethical Decision Making

We make simple decisions on the daily: whether to procrastinate, when to call an organization meeting, or simply what to eat at the Setzer Center. However, sometimes we are slammed with an issue in which we find ourselves responsible for making an important decision that can affect many. So, how do we make the right decision without causing hardship? By using our morals and ethics as a guide. In this workshop, we will teach you eight steps to making an ethical and moral decision. Our step-by-step approach, which includes videos and great gifs, will allow you the opportunity to know exactly how to make the right decision at your job, in your organizations, and in life.

Diversity and Social Justice

In this Social Justice training participants will elevate their awareness of their individual impact on the people around them and in the world as a whole. Participants will learn about various identities and the struggles associated with those identities in society and how our actions can help create a more equitable and just world for all those who inhabit it. Lastly, participants will be provided with a space where they can share their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives in order to further the goal of the presentation: to build empathy, understanding, and acceptance of those different from ourselves.

Effective Communication

In this session students will learn how to more effectively communicate as well as explore the common difficulties that come with professional and leadership oriented communication. This session will explore written communication, oral communication, and body language as a means of beginning to create a well-rounded and complete version of communication for each individual. Students will have an opportunity to evaluate learn about the basics of communication and its importance, examine their own communication style, and begin to create a plan to grow their communication skills while also critiquing communication techniques in a variety of platforms.

Elective Course Descriptions

Budgeting and Money Management: Don’t Get Caught Empty Handed

Money is an incredibly, powerful tool when managed properly and improperly. It can set you up for a life of ease and luxury or leave you empty-handed and penniless. Learning how to create and manage a budget, takes time and skill. Unfortunately, personal money management is often taught at the “school of hard knocks” where mistakes can be costly. Learning how manage personal finances and planning for financial emergencies are some of the most important life lessons you need to master to achieve a successful life. This presentation will teach students simple budget calculation skills on how to successfully manage finances and prepare for a future of financial security. Students can expect to learn about common finance terminology. Discussions on understanding interest, credit cards, and problems to lookout for as well as saving plan options and debt reduction strategies. A sample monthly budget will be discussed and how to determine expense balances then an exercise in unplanned expenses and the effects on a budget will be offered.

Coaching and Growth Mindset: Awakening Potential

Imagine what your life would be like, if you were open to opportunities that you believed were unattainable; that by simply changing the way you approach challenges could lead to new skill development and growth as a person. Cue “the Growth Mindset.” Individuals who have faced challenges or stereotypes in the past may have developed an “I can’t” mentality, which, could prevent progress and stifle goals; thus, leaving individuals stagnant and fixed in their beliefs. The growth mindset provides individuals with insight and understanding about the brain and how it continues to grow, learn, and develop. When implementing the growth mindset, the power of “YET” successfully replaces “I CAN’T,” allowing for a more positive approach to curiosity and an inclination to embrace challenges with optimism. This workshop will focus on the process of developing a growth mindset and how as leaders we can awaken potential in others by coaching growth mindset.

Goal Setting and Decision Making: Building the Path to Success

Some people find it easy to make decisions in reaching their goals, then there are those that just “go with the flow”. By being in college, you are already on the path to completing one of your life goals. Each day, the decisions we make move us closer or farther from accomplishing them. It is important to create a path for these goals not only to be a successful student, but to be successful in everyday life. Students can expect to gain knowledge in more effectively setting goals that they can reach and how to overcome obstacles. Students will practice setting personal goals through a worksheet they can take home and implement in their daily lives.

How to Effectively Lead Meetings

Leading meetings is one of the most important skills a leader must develop. Meetings are an everyday occurrence, and they must be produce a productive outcome. This workshop will build skills in how to get members involved and participate, getting to the main points quickly, staying on time and task, limiting distractions, and most importantly, generating actionable results. This skill requires practice, and students must approach meetings with intentionality in order to keep all members engaged and actively moving towards the common goals of the group.

Leadership Theory: The Leadership Challenge

In today’s world there are countless opportunities to make a difference. More than ever there is a need for people of all ages, from all backgrounds, with all types of life experience to seize those opportunities that lead to greatness. More than ever there is a need for leaders to inspire us to dream, to participate, and to persevere. The Student Leadership Challenge offers student’s the chance to do just that—to take the initiative and make a difference. The Student Leadership Challenge is about how student leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done. It’s about the researched based practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and risks into rewards. It’s about a climate in which student’s turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes.

Leading from the Middle

Leadership is based on relationships and the ability to influence others in the pursuit of goals from anywhere within a system or organization. Leadership does not require titles. There are 9 key principles to effectively lead from the middle that will be discussed in this workshop. For those who are currently in the middle or even aspire for positional leadership, to be an effective leader from where you sit requires implementing principles that are critical for leading from the middle.

Life Balance and Stress Management: How to Be a Well-Balanced Student

As students, your lives are so busy. Between school, friends, family, studying, clubs, organizations, and community service, it can get hectic very quickly. Learning how to prioritize and take time for your own health is vital to a well-balanced life. We want to help you create a picture of your life-balance today, identify areas where you are balanced and some where you are not, then encourage you to make plans for adjustment in order to create a well-balanced life. Students can expect to learn about the six dimensions of wellness and how they apply in creating an overall balanced lifestyle. Students will have the opportunity to outline their overall wellness through an activity where they map out their “wellness wheel”.

Marketing Your Leadership Experience

This workshop is the capstone course that offers students a hands on opportunity to work on their resume, interview skills, professionalism, and communication for the purpose of utilizing the content and experience of the leadership certificate in their career endeavors. Students will work with Career and Professional Development in this extended workshop to sharpen their marketability as a leader.

Personal Growth and Feedback

Since the day we were born we have been growing and adapting to feedback. We get positive and negative reactions based on our behaviors. As adults, we must learn to embrace feedback as a necessary benefit for our personal development. The day we decide we get to determine if we want feedback, especially if we don’t like it, is the day we stop growing as people. When we embrace the discomfort that our behaviors and actions have ramifications, even negative ones, and our goal is to grow from these experiences, then we need to learn how to listen and respond to feedback. This workshop will look at the effects of feedback and how to processes it into action steps. As leaders, we must also form the skill of giving feedback, which is essential to the growth and development of our teams. This workshop will review different types of feedback and how to use it.

Productivity and Time Management: Lessons from “The Office”

Have you ever heard of the hit sitcom, “The Office?” The Dunder Mifflin team hilariously portrays the struggle of balancing work, leadership, and fun. We will learn from “The Office,” specifically Michael Scott, the importance of productivity and time management. Through interactive techniques and hilarious clips of the show, students will take away six key skills to improve their productivity and time management skills in all aspects of life.

Team Building and Motivation

In a world of isolation surrounded by friends, there still exists an importance of understanding and learning how to play well with others. A key concept of this in a leadership capacity is being able to build a team of individuals with diverse talents and abilities and motivate them to perform well as a unit.

Emerging Leaders Student Leadership Conference

Every spring semester, New Student and Leadership Programs hosts a leadership conference for students who are interested in learning about leadership and interpersonal development. All topics address interpersonal growth and its impact on leadership. The conference encourages students to engage in leadership on campus but that successful leadership is achieved by interpersonal growth and awareness. Specific details about keynote and breakout topics will be released in January of each year.

The Summit Leadership Conference

Every fall semester, New Student and Leadership Programs hosts a leadership summit for students who currently hold leadership positions on campus. All topics address issues that directly impact students who hold positions in leadership. Start the year on the right foot and choose the breakout sessions that will challenge you as a leader and help you to be successful and grow. Specific details about keynote and breakout topics will be released in September of each year.

Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

More than academics or relevant experience, strong emotional intelligence has been found to be a higher indicator of success, according to the Center for Creative Leadership in the US. Defining the 5 components of emotional intelligence (as defined by Daniel Goleman) and engaging in activities highlighting the flow of these, from self-awareness to social skill, will guide students in their leadership development. Utilizing their currently identified social style, students will learn how to increase their emotional intelligence and become an effective team member/leader in groups both on campus and beyond.

Values and Ethics in Leadership

“Ethical Leadership is knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life in service of the common good.” (The Center for Ethical Leadership). Ethical leaders respect the rights and dignity of others. Leadership is no longer just about productivity, but also to ensure the standards of moral and ethical conduct. Good leadership refers not only to competence, but to ethics that transforms the organization and people’s lives. This workshop will begin with a look at each owns core values and how those values make up identities and motivators and how our unique values are integrated into our choices in our personal and professional lives. Then frame those actions with a picture of “what ought to be”. This workshop will follow the 4-V Model by Dr. Bill Grace at the Center for Ethical Leadership.