Certificate in Applied Leadership

Certificate in Applied Leadership

10-Month Certificate Program (not for credit)

The Certificate in Applied Leadership will help leaders develop and apply the personal mastery, relational capacities, and necessary mindsets needed to be competitive and achieve excellence in an era of growing complexity. Through a combination of hands on experience and applied learning activities, participants will cultivate new ways of thinking, acting and being, and develop and apply whole-systems and collaborative leadership approaches.

The primary target audiences for this 10-month, not-for-credit certificate are Salvation Army personnel, senior level and emerging leaders. The program is offered in a cohort structure, beginning with an intensive week at Booth University College.


Broad overall learning objectives include the following:

  1. Understand and analyze the 21st century context within which leaders act, through appropriate frameworks and mental models.
  2. Strengthen and apply a set of complexity mindsets to make sense of today’s challenges.
  3. Acquire and sharpen practical skills and capacities to act effectively in the face of today’s challenges.
  4. Cultivate a sense of personal mastery to enable the next phase of one’s leadership.
  5. Apply the frameworks, mindsets and skills taught in the program to organizational, network and system settings.


MGT 011 Personal Foundations of Successful Leadership
Leadership in the complex context of today’s global work and marketplace demands high levels of mental agility, engagement, presence, awareness, responsiveness and integrity. Personal mastery, far beyond what has been required of earlier generations, is a prerequisite for leaders today. The way leaders handle and present themselves through self-awareness, mood management, and self-motivation provides the basis for building trust. Followers need to know that their leader will be ethical and do the right thing for the right reasons, and that they won’t be swayed by emotional hijackings or resort to reactionary decision-making. This well-supported exploration takes place in the form of individual and small group exercises, and provides the foundation for ongoing personal development.

MGT 012 Building Collaborative Teams for High Impact
In an era of exponentially growing complexity, uncertainty and volatility, the most effective leaders are highly attuned to creating conditions for others to be successful, rather than focused on what they can do alone – shifting their fundamental focus from “I” to “we”. In Module 2 participants will use a range of highly interactive and experiential approaches to explore principles and tools for effective interpersonal relationships in the context of achieving excellent results. The program is designed with an eye toward getting more powerful, innovative and enduring results as collaborative leaders navigating through complex, dynamic systems.

MGT 013 Creating Organizational Coherence in the Midst of Change
In today’s complex organizations leadership happens at many different levels and sometimes comes from unexpected places. Leadership has become less about pure technical or scientific expertise, and more about the ability to work with the appropriate people at the appropriate time to get things done. The modern organization puts significant demands on its leaders, particularly those in positions of authority: they must be efficient and collaborative at the same time, productive and visionary, firm and approachable. This module tackles some of the most common challenges faced by organizations leaders in any sector: how to motivate others, engage others, make decisions (with or without others), address conflict, tap the value of diversity, and lead and manage change.

MGT 014 Catalyzing Action in Complex Systems
The interconnected nature of today’s issues means that organizations are seldom acting in isolation to achieve their goals and visions. Some challenges, such as health provision, poverty elimination, environmental protection, and promotion of equity are virtually intractable without collaboration across different organization and sectors. Business associations, university-community partnerships, government-to-government tables, loosely organized professional networks, practitioner circles, movement-building multi-stakeholder coalitions, and online communities are all examples of working across organizations and at the level of community or societal systems. In addition to the capacities needed to build and sustain teams and organizations, today’s leaders need a way of reading and intervening in the larger systems. This module provides an introduction to complex societal issues and equips leaders with lenses and skills to better lead in these contexts.

MGT 015 Leadership in Action
Alongside the four modules described above, the Applied Leadership program includes a series of activities that frame the challenges of leadership in a complex world, weave together the learnings from other modules, provide support for application of the concepts taught in this program to the participants’ contexts, help build a sense of community and peer relationships among participants, and leave participants on a clear path of learning throughout and beyond the program. The Integration Activities bookend the four modules and run in parallel to ensure connectivity throughout the program for certificate participants.


1. Register for a Booth University College account here.
2. Once you have your account, you will be prompted to choose your program (the certificate).
3. After you have chosen your program, you can connect with Michael Glowasky for help in selecting your courses.