To thrive in today’s environment, leaders and their organizations must possess adaptability, resilience, and a growth mindset. The workshops and courses will help you develop vision, acknowledge and recognize the role of organizational culture, create a leadership development plan, create change, strategically align the organization, and communicate more effectively - all to help the organization and our communities thrive.
Whether you need a comprehensive leadership program or to just brush up on discrete skills, you'll find what you are looking for at UW Tacoma.
Which leadership learning route is right for you?
Individual courses, workshops, and webinars: anyone who is interested in building their skills in one or more areas, but doesn’t need a full certificate
Certificate in Leadership Essentials: supervisors, managers, team leads, and aspiring leaders/supervisors
Certified Public Manager®: public employees looking to cover similar material as the Certificate in Leadership Essentials with a focus on public sector applications and additional content in Lean Six Sigma
Essentials of Management Program (UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business): mid-level managers seeking a stronger foundation in current business theory and practice, managers who have experience in one area and desire exposure to other areas to qualify for positions of increased responsibility, technical experts making the transition into management roles
Who would benefit from this certificate program and courses?
While workshops, webinars, and courses are open to anyone who wishes to grow their leadership skills, the Certificate in Leadership Essentials is designed for supervisors, managers, team leads, and those who aspire to those positions. Participating in a leadership development program is a great way to both improve your skills and ensure your resume reflects your commitment to growth. It is also a strong companion program to other PDC offerings, such as Craft Brewing, Project Management, Nonprofit Management, Human Resources Management, and Lean Six Sigma.
What You Will Learn in the Certificate in Leadership Essentials
The Certificate in Leadership Essentials has four required courses (Personal Leadership, Team Leadership, Organizational Leadership, and Leadership Capstone) and an additional 21 hours of electives from the Leadership Webinars & Workshops.
Courses and workshops can be taken in any order except for the Capstone, which must be taken last. We recommend beginning with Personal Leadership, so that your increased self-awareness and understanding of your personal leadership style can guide your work in the rest of the program.
Participants who complete the full Certificate in Leadership Essentials should be able to:
Articulate their own leadership style, strengths, and areas for growth
Use an understanding of their communication style, identity, emotional intelligence, and values to work more effectively with others
Effectively use foundational coaching and feedback strategies while working with diverse teams
Identify how diversity, equity, and inclusion factor into every level of leadership
Describe how their work and their leadership fits into the larger picture of the organization or team
Common Foundation, Customized by You
Our flexible program allows you to focus on the topics you are most interested in as well as build a solid foundation in core leadership principles. As we build out our catalog, more pathways will become available.
The Certificate in Leadership Essentials includes four core classes (Personal Leadership, Team Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and the Capstone) and is rounded out with an additional 21 hours of electives from the Leadership Webinars & Workshops. Courses must be completed within a two-year period.
CERTIFICATE COURSES / STAND-ALONE COURSES
These courses make up the backbone of the Certificate in Leadership Essentials. Each course may also be taken individually, except for the Capstone.
Leadership of any kind starts with a strong understanding of yourself and how you move through the world. In this course, students will learn how their work styles/personality temperament, emotional intelligence, and combination of identities impacts their leadership journey; explore foundational approaches to leadership; and create a Personal Leadership Development/Growth Plan.
In today's work environment, guiding a group to achieve its goals goes beyond employee collaboration. High-performing teams require meaningful connections and developing strengths that complement each other. Team Leadership is designed to empower students to build exceptionally high-performing teams. Students will gain valuable insights, engage in meaningful dialogue, and work on hands-on applications, scenarios, and strategic analysis.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
Classify the characteristics of high-performance teams
Identify their personality's relationship to building high-performance teams
Recognize leadership presence, relationships, and chemistry
Assess trust and leadership functions
Describe the five dysfunctions of a team
Compare and contrast the six types of workplace conflicts
Apply coaching skills to facilitate individual and team development
Create a Strategic Action Plan for Team Leadership
Becoming an ethical and effective leader at the organizational level requires more than charisma or business savvy. You must be able to analyze organizational structure and culture, as well as manage change with adaptability and resilience. Participants in this course will examine the ways organizational culture, structure, and strategy are inextricably linked, how to create or foster healthy, adaptive workplace cultures, and methods for both traditional and real-time strategic planning.
Participants will finish the certificate with a capstone leadership project and presentation, completed independently with guidance from a PDC instructor.
*The capstone is the culminating project in the Certificate, so participants must successfully pass Personal Leadership, Team Leadership, and Organizational Leadership before enrolling in the Capstone.
Designing change that matters and accelerating its integration into a new way of doing business is the centerpiece of this workshop. You'll discover the three phases of transition, the 6Ps of new beginnings, the three questions to ask of any change initiative, effective change communication strategies, and a variety of smart ways to design change with intentionality and care.
Move from an individual contributor to a "multiplier of others" in this half-day workshop. Participants will learn a framework for creating exceptional performance by defining their role as a supervisor and what they bring to it, delegating effectively, and understanding how to create a motivating environment for employees.
If you've been wondering whether an equity team is right for your organization, this conversation is for you. This one-hour webinar will share a brief overview of how to build a foundation for a successful equity team launch, including the creation of an action plan.
Leaders spend much of their time communicating to execute strategy and address conflicts. In order to resolve these roadblocks to success, leaders need skills to quickly and fairly resolve issues, create win-win results, and reduce the high cost of conflict.
In this 90-minute workshop, participants will take an honest look at DEI efforts that are falling short. They will unpack DEI methods build on quick fixes, explore more meaningful and sustainable strategies, and identify ways to pivot in response to failed DEI efforts.
Establishing community advisory boards (CABs) is a strategy in building a more equitable organization, while being held accountable to the communities most impacted by organizational practices. This 90-minute webinar is a space for organizational leaders to begin exploring the ways a CAB can further their agency's racial equity work.
Sometimes people spend so much time focusing on doing their job they forget about where they are going. During this workshop, participants work with road-tested tools for setting a strategic direction by developing a vision of where they want to be in their career, analyzing strategies and SMART goals, then creating next steps to explore new opportunities.
This 3.5-hr workshop centers how to approach intercultural interactions of all kinds with cultural humility - an approach that requires self-awareness, a growth mindset, and the ability to listen for understanding. Participants will explore ways to build their own cultural humility and integrate it into an everyday practice via interactive excercises.
Teaching a variety of workshops for the PDC, Joey Pauley is a business consultant based in Seattle. He seeks to maximize organizational effectiveness by tapping into peoples’ intrinsic drive and inherent strength; results are increased return on investment of human capital by retaining employees, establishing trust, and managing growth and change