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​Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership

Take your leadership skills up a notch.

Every leader has technical skills and knowledge. But what makes great leaders shine is their ability to rally their peers—and confidently lead them. To brave the organizational challenges in nearly every workplace or lecture hall, you need "soft skills" like interpersonal communication—and deft leadership skills. This is where our Certificate in Business Leadership comes in.

We designed this unique undergraduate leadership program to help you learn valuable leadership skills that you'll need to lead teams to maximum productivity, starting with learning your own unique leadership style. You'll learn your Myers-Briggs Indicator Type and discover how to find harmony between your style and other personality types.

As you continue through our four interactive sessions, Robin McCoy, clinical professor of management, and a team of USD professors and alumni will teach you valuable leadership skills in motivating and inspiring others individually and in teams. This program is open to all USD undergraduate business school students. Plus, you'll earn three points toward your Passport credit.

Learn more about our program sessions.

Session 1: The Leadership Basics and The Leader in You

Take an in-depth look into personal leadership awareness. You will develop a powerful base of critical leadership theory. This is an opportunity to complete a vigorous process of self-examination, including MBTI and DISC analysis, revealing the leader within.

Session 2: Team Leadership

Learn how to develop and lead others. Experience challenges to team dynamics and learn practical solutions. Practice leadership skills in real business scenarios. Learn about motivation and inspiration. Take a deep dive into understanding groups and the dynamics involved.

Session 3: Organizational Leadership

Explore leadership from an organizational and community perspective. Learn how to achieve strategic goals through powerful leadership perspectives. Gather skills useful in creating and driving change within organizations. Increase your comfort level with the "big picture."

Session 4: The Leadership Plan

Create your leadership development plan. Design a roadmap that leads you to continuous personal growth and development. Hone your professional vision and goals. Meet and connect with USD alumni who are ready to serve as your leadership mentors.

Take the first step.

We can't wait to help you polish your leadership skills. You'll take one session per semester, so check with your advisor so you can plan the perfect time to get started.

Need more information?

Email Professor McCoy at rmccoy@sandiego.edu if you'd like more info about the program.