Leadership Certificate Program

  • Managing Yourself & Leading Others

    Emotional Intelligence
    Much more...

  • A 360-degree assessment is included

    Assess yourself on 12 competencies of outstanding performers.

  • Leadership Certificate Program

    Managing Yourself
    Leading Others
    Leading High Performing Teams
    Leading Your Organization

  • Leading Your Organization

    Lead change, innovate, negotiate.

  • Leading High Performing Teams

    Experiential Learning
    Thorough Assessment
    One-on-one Coaching
    Much more...

Certify your leadership potential in just three two-day sessions. Get maximum impact in a manageable format.

Leadership Certificate Model

The Leadership Certificate Program acts as an accelerator for extraordinary results in your current role and an incubator for seizing future opportunities.

Dr. Bill Hassey leads the certificate program with contributions from hand selected members of the Paul College faculty.  Participants can expect an outstanding academic experience with instructors who have a proven track record working with the business community. 

The Leadership Certificate Program delivers concepts through a problem-solving framework rich in self-assessment, instruction, coaching, and practice.  The tools participants take-away apply to situation after situation and role after role.  Participants explore strategies for success in motivation, emotional intelligence, leading change, conflict management, coaching, and much more. 

Three intensive two-day sessions are spread out to allow maximum absorption, application, and renewal of concepts covered.  Participation in all six days is required for certification.


Block 1:  Managing Yourself and Leading Others, April 4 & 5

Block 2:  Leading High Performing Teams, April 18 & 19

Block 3:  Leading Your Organization, May 2 & 3



Take your leadership potential to the next level. 

Pre-Program Preparation:

Learning begins after you enroll and before you arrive on campus for Day One.  You will complete a 360-degree assessment called the Emotional and Social Intelligence Inventory.  You will meet with your sponsor, probably your manager, to set program goals and select a Strategic Application Project.

First two days

Managing Yourself and Leading Others  Through a rigorous 360-degree evaluation process you will gain a unique understanding of your strengths, weaknesses and management potential from the perspective of your boss, your peers, and your direct reports.  You will also take leadership and conflict-management assessments that provide further insights into leadership style. This opening session is the foundation for the entire certificate program.  You'll learn proven techniques in communication, influence, emotional intelligence, coaching, delegation, and much more.

  • Assessment:  MBTI - how you see the world and make decisions
  • Challenging situational leadership lecture and practice
  • Explore the development of your own emotional intelligence

Mid-Program Preparation:

Select a team and, as a group, take assessments that provide deep analysis of your team emotional intelligence, style, and effectiveness.  Receive layers of instruction on team dynamics.  You'll also meet with your one-on-one Executive Development Programs coach.

Second two days

Leading High performing Teams  You'll experience learning through interactive sessions and discover the themes of team dynamics first hand.  Engage in problem solving through perspective diversity, out-of-the-box thinking, and risk taking to create memorable team tactics that transfer easily back to your on-the-job teams. Teamwork personifies business today.  Leadership requires superior team management skill.

  • Team Emotional Intelligence
  • Lecture-lite experiential learning
  • Fearless conflict management models that work

Late-Program Preparation:

Bring your Team Assessment results back and share them with your team.  Apply lessons from team dynamics to your Strategic Application Project.

Third two days:

Leading Your Organization  Lead from any rung on the corporate ladder.  Leadership means that you build relationships, act strategically, enact change, and negotiate for success.  These key leadership skills all have models that can be learned, practiced, and implemented.

  • Gain the skills you need to lead and execute a strategic plan
  • Develop negotiation skills that dramatically improve outcomes
  • Finish with an Individual Development Plan in hand

Post Program:

With an assessment and data-driven Individual Development Plan in hand, participate in your second one-on-one coaching session to discuss implementation of your Strategic Application Project

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Costs, Dates, and Registration

High potential leaders have called this program “awesome”, “better than my expectations”, “a completely new perspective.” 

It's twenty unique sessions woven together and experienced over the course of six days.  The Leadership Certificate Program combines lectures, assessment, and discussion with a variety of experiential learning opportunities that leave the old-school academic environment behind.


Standard fee:  $5,900.00

Standard Early Bird registration (six weeks in advance):  $5,310.00

Partners:  $4,779.00
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Scholarship: $2,750 – Application required, limited number.

Program fee:  Includes tuition, digital program materials, assessments including the 360-degree survey, two one-hour one-on-one coaching session, lunch and snacks. 

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Session 1: April 4 & 5
Session 2: April 18 & 19
Session 3: May 2 & 3

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Our Executive Development Programs staff is happy to assist you with selecting, enrolling in, and attending this program.  Please feel free to contact us at 603-862-1998, exec.ed@unh.edu or Our use our contact form.



Classes are held in a state of the art classroom situated in the heart of
Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics
University of New Hampshire Campus
10 Garrison Avenue
Durham, New Hampshire 

This program can be conducted on-site and designed around the needs of a group of managers from your organization.  You can also form a consortium of a few organizations and work together.  Contact Dan McCarthy at 603-862-3311.



Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund of their tuition if notification is submitted 31 business days prior to the date of the event. 75% of the program fee will be refunded 30 - 15 days before the program start date.  No refunds will be issued if cancellation is received 14 business days or less prior to the event.

We reserve the right to cancel for any reason, including lack of participation, without penalty to the participant. 


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Learning Experience

A sample schedule for the 6 day Leadership Certificate Program follows. Please note, this schedule is subject to change.  A more detailed agenda will be presented to enrolled participants.

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Leadership Certificate Program Block Schedule

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Program Benefits

The most successful participants partner with a sponsor early in the program preparation process, often it is the participant’s manager.  Sponsors:

  • Help define overall program goals and expectations
  • Identify and oversee an appropriate “stretch” strategic application project
  • Interpret course content for the work environment

Accelerate your leadership potential.  Enjoy these participant benefits

  • Advance your own “Strategic Application Project” with professional instruction, one-on-one coaching, and peer review
  • Use 360-degree assessment to gain a current perspective of your Emotional Intelligence
  • Receive lots of feedback including two hours of one-one-one coaching
  • Prepare for future roles
  • Build self-awareness of leadership strengths and create a post-program development plan
  • Analyze your management style, conflict management style, team emotional intelligence with proven assessment instruments
  • Build self-awareness of leadership strengths and create a post-program development plan
  • Create meaningful, lifelong professional networking contacts with participants and the Leadership Certificate Program’s accomplished instructors
  • Much more!

Organizations large and small take advantage of this program to train individuals and small groups in Leadership.  Others bring the program in-house for a group of employees.  The benefits to the organization are many.

  • Profit from cost effective assessment and coaching
  • Cash in on UNH faculty expertise, plus peer consulting, on participant’s own Strategic Application Project
  • Build company leadership bench strength
  • Access university business school caliber deliverables
  • Effect employee turnover and succession plans
  • Create organizational value through this investment in human assets
  • Much more!

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Who Should Attend?

Who should attend?

The Leadership Certificate Program is designed for individuals with five or more years of progressive management experience who are at pivotal moments in their careers.  Organizations would leverage this program as a way to invest in the development of their high potential leaders. 

Participants have typically developed a reasonably extensive business and functional skill set.  Thus, the Leadership Certificate Program explores leadership broadly and deeply.

You can expect to be in the company of other high-achieving leaders who face similar challenges and opportunities.  Peer coaching, collaboration, and the establishment of lasting networks are essential elements of the learning experience. 

  • A Manager who is assuming a new role, initiative, responsibility or team
  • A successful manager not yet (or not recently) exposed to best practices in leadership, management, motivation
  • A successful supervisor, project manager, etc. who wants to prepare for a future role in management
  • A high potential individual contributor seeking to develop leadership capabilities
  • Those tasked with teaching other people management skills, a coach, trainer, or consultant
  • One seeking self-improvement through comprehensive assessment of management skill and style, with coaching


Admission Criteria

Admission is self-selecting.  Content will be taught at a pace that assumes at least five years of work experience in progressively responsible roles. Rapid growth and rapid change are reasons people frequently cite for selecting this program.


Admission Process

To register, participants should enroll and pay online.  Click the "Register Here" button below.  There is an option to pay by invoice if you prefer.


Candidates who wish to discuss admission to the program before registering should request an appointment by calling 603-862-1998 or emailing Exec.Ed@UNH.edu


Early Bird pricing ends six weeks before the program start date.  Registrations are accepted until the class is full.  Twenty-five participants is the class cap.


For a program consultation, please contact us at 603-862-3311 or ExecEd@unh.edu

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Program Instructors

Program Instructors:

Instructor Dr. Hassey

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Program Brochure

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 What 2017 participants took away from the program:

"Leadership and management are equally important and require balance. Understanding Emotional intelligence is critical in leadership."

"This was excellent! Best Negotiation class I've had by far! Fabulous pace, range of content and instructor personality. Wonderful!"

"Instructors were extremely skilled and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable participating and interacting with peers."

"Outstanding! Best course I have attended in years!"

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