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Course content

This graduate certificate program is designed for people who want to enhance their leadership by aligning their decisions and actions with consciously chosen values through tumultuous times and complex challenges. It is also for those who want to be more confident of the lasting value of their efforts to improve organizations. The program highlights deeper patterns that are influential and typically invisible in everyday organizational life, and that are not usually in our attention as leaders. Further, the program is oriented not only to acquiring new knowledge and ‘tools’ but also the development of discernment and wisdom in leadership.

Who it's for
This six-month graduate certificate is designed for experienced and emerging leaders who have been in organizational leadership roles long enough to understand the challenges we’re facing in this ever-changing and diverse world. It is for leaders who want to see their highest values in action and make a difference in their communities, organizations and beyond.

This graduate certificate will enable students to:
-Create a solid foundation for leadership credibility.
-Develop the practice of wisdom in leadership.
-Transform conflict and challenges into learning and opportunity.
-Foster adaptability to change and resilience to setbacks.
-Develop sound practices for sustainable collaboration.
-Expand connections and networks.
-Understand sustainable organizational culture change

This is a program that integrates theory and practice and which provides advanced leadership skills for developing highly effective teams through a focus on purpose, integrity, culture, strategy, and the common good. It will be of special interest to those wanting to enhance their own leadership competence, organizational effectiveness and resilience, recruitment and retention of talent, reputation, and long-term productivity.

In addition to its value as a nine-credit graduate certificate, graduates of this certificate may be eligible for credit towards electives in other Royal Roads programs as follows: nine credits towards the MA in Leadership, nine credits towards the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies and six credits towards the MBA.

Delivery Model
The Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership (GCVBL) is offered in a blended format which means that the program combines on-campus residencies with distance learning. This allows working professionals to benefit from the synergy of on-site learning and direct interaction with peers and faculty members, while being able to meet workplace demands and other commitments. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption.

The first blended segment includes VBLD510 and VBLD512, two courses with three credits each which are taken concurrently. The second blended segment consists of a third three-credit course with an independent application project and concludes with a four-day, face-to-face on-campus residency.

Program Timelines, Methods and Resources - Students build a supportive learning community with their peers and facilitators by engaging in online team and group learning activities for the first five weeks. They also complete important readings during this time. The sixth week includes the on-campus residency, followed by online learning in teams for another three weeks. The second blended segment begins with nine weeks of online course work, a project, and a four-day wrap-up on-campus residency with an additional day given for project revisions and assessment. A variety of learning resources and methods are used including textbooks, assessment instruments, articles, case studies, interactive Internet learning, videotapes, and ‘chat’ bulletin boards for correspondence with colleagues and faculty in the program.

Workload - The first distance segment integrates two courses and represents approximately 15-20 hours per week, while the second distance segment should require 12-15 hours on average per week. Students can expect to work hard during the on-campus residency periods. The normal classroom schedule is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with several evening sessions. Homework, readings, and team meetings are normally done outside of these hours. In addition to the educational activities, there may be some planned recreational events. Attendance at the on-campus residencies are mandatory; however students are not required to live on-campus.




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