Certificate in Practical Leadership

A position of authority requires skills in leadership and management.

Management is about doing things right. It requires planning and is often concrete, as opposed to abstract. It relies on rules, is process based, measurement laden and about control. Leadership on the other hand is about doing the right things, based on one’s knowledge and character. It requires courage to take action, regardless of popularity, or certainty of outcome. Leadership is not a static role and is often abstract. It requires exerting the right kinds of influence to get people to follow. For, without followers you are not a leader. Influencing humans is different than managing things, yet many in authority treat their followers as things, resulting in poor performance or outright failure. Learning managing skills is important and necessary, but learning the nuances, limitations, appropriateness and effectiveness, of when, where, how and why to use those skills when dealing with people, will give a higher probability of success.

This is the purview of leadership.

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes with different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and talents, but they do share common attributes. These attributes can be learned and developed. It however, demands humility, openness and the will to evolve and self-assess. It requires an understanding of human nature including; the dynamics of personalities, motivators, personal values, culture, and the power of bias and beliefs.

The Certificate in Practical Leadership will give participants an opportunity to better self-assess and develop the attributes needed to be a successful leader. A leader that people will be willing to follow.

Certificate Requirements

Seminars can be taken individually or complete the required Leadership 2.0 seminar plus two electives within a two year period. Seminars can be taken individually.

Certificate - 3 Seminars


Certificate in Practical Leadership Printable Information Sheet

Fee: $2,295
Facilitators: Michael Kennedy, BSc, CAE, MEd,
Location: Online (Each course is 3 partial days, 9 am - 1 pm, Atlantic Time. See dates below.)


Required Seminar

Leadership 2.0 - maximize your potential as an effective leader

  • October 18 - 20, 2023 (Online)
  • February 20 - 22, 2024 (Online)


Elective Seminars (choose 2)

Developing Effective Facilitation Skills - tools to lead groups in effective discussions & problem-solving

  • November 20 - 22, 2023 (Online)
  • May 22 - 24, 2024 (Online)

Facing Common Leadership Challenges - explore strategies to respond to the most common challenges leaders face 

  • December 19 - 21, 2023 (Online)
  • April 24 - 26, 2024 (Online)

Maximizing Employee Effectiveness - tools to identify, assess and address individual & group behaviour

  • January 15 - 17, 2024 (Online)
  • June 5 - 7, 2024 (Online)