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Leadership for the 21st Century Certificate  

Leadership today requires new perspectives on our external environment and innovative tools for leading our own organizations. In this course, learn about changes in the marketplace and business; fatal leadership errors and ways to prevent them, including case studies of leaders who were initially successful but failed; leadership styles, traits and values; how leaders behave and speak differently from others; and why empowering leaders are more successful than others.


The Leadership for the 21st Century Certificate is offered through our partner, Learning Resources Network, Inc. (aka UGotClass). It is composed of three, month-long courses:

1. How to Avoid Fatal Leadership Errors – 1 month

Elements of Evidenced-based Leadership

  • The Call to leadership
  • The CIIPT leadership model for organizational effectiveness
  • The relationships among governance, leadership, and administration
  • Developing a philosophy, inspiring values, and vision of leadership
  • The ethical leadership test to determine worth of a decision

Starting Points for Fatal Leadership

  • Fatal leadership defined
  • The premise of fatal leadership
  • Fatal leadership self-assessment profile
  • The 13 signs that you may be on the pathway to fatal leadership

Actual Cases of Leaders who Succumbed to Fatal Leadership

  • The phases of fatal leadership
  • The Case of the Clandestine Leader
  • The Case of the Complacent/Arrogant Leader
  • The Case of the Mistrusting Leader
  • The Case of the Demanding Controlling Leader
  • The Case of the Threatened Leader
  • The Case of the “Image Protecting” and Social Applause Leader

Practical Strategies to Minimize Fatal Leadership

  • Understanding the half-life of leadership
  • How to share the vision, build trust, and inspire commitment
  • How to appoint a competent team to the inner circle
  • How to hire people at or above the competency line
  • How to engage in self-development
  • How to practice emotional intelligence in dealing with people
  • How to create a culture of integrity and ethical leadership

2. Leadership in the 21st Century – 1 month

The Big Change

  • The Decline of the Industrial Age
  • The rise of the new economy
  • Parallels to 100 years ago
  • Implications for your organization

How the Marketplace Changes

  • The decline of suburbs
  • The rise in intangible goods
  • The new Knowledge Worker class
  • Opportunities and threats for your organization

How Your Organization Changes

  • The workplace of the 21st century
  • Managing from a distance
  • Gen Y values and behavior
  • Your pyramid collapses

New Executive Leadership Skills

  • The vision thing
  • Managing your people
  • Leading your organization
  • Planning your moon shot

3. Leadership Principles – 1 month

Introduction to Leadership Principles

  • What does it mean to be a good leader?
  • The multiple approaches to leadership
  • Models of leadership
  • The critical need for Gen Y leadership

Recognizing your leadership style

  • Leadership Traits Self-Assessment
  • Leadership Style Self-Assessment
  • Leadership Skills Self-Assessment
  • Task and Relationship Assessment

Leadership Special Concerns

  • Handling Conflict in the Workplace
  • Managing Out-group Employees
  • Ethical Considerations

Cases in Leadership

  • Case Study 1
  • Case Study 2
  • Self-reflection: What type of leader am I?

An invitation into the online classroom will be emailed to you the Wednesday before the class begins. The subject of the email invitation will be "Lern – Classroom Invitation". Please click to accept the invitation, and from there you will create a password and will be able to access the classroom. If you haven't received an invitation by the Thursday before the course begins, please forward your confirmation email to, and a staff member will resend your invitation.

Once inside the online classroom, here's what you can expect:

Participate When You Want

The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

What You Will Do

Each course is composed of several units. For each unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self-quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The discussion for each unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time, day or night. Your instructor will log into the discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants. We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.


1. Make at least one comment every week in the discussion.

  • The comment should show thought and be more substantive than just “Yes, I agree.” There is no length required for comments.
  • Replies to other comments and responses to other participants count as comments (in most cases your instructor values replies and responses as comments).
  • Questions and online discussion facilitative comments also count as long as there is some thought to them.

2. Take the self-quiz at the end of every unit.

  • You must score 80% or higher.
  • You may retake any self-quiz as often as you need to get to the 80% score.

Completion Timeline

  • The requirements should be completed by the last day of the course.
  • Individual instructors may extend the deadline upon request.
  • If, for any reason, you are not able to complete the requirements during the course, UGotClass will provide you with their Course Transfer Option. The course Transfer Option allows you to retake any or all of the same UGotClass online course at a future offering within the next 12 months at no extra cost.

    A pdf Certificate of Completion is issued by Learning Resources Network, Inc. and will list Green River College as its partner organization.


    Once the program has started, please direct all questions to


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