Leadership Development Certificate

Start Your Path to Leadership

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides 10 foundational workshops that are designed to engage and prepare new leaders. Students also have the option to earn a Leadership Certificate by engaging in a mentor relationship and leadership experience, and completing the foundations workshops and a reflection paper.  There are also some stand-alone, one-time workshops offerings that are designed to provide a quick overview of a single leadership topic.

What do students gain?

  • Students are inspired to see themselves as leaders.
  • Students are guided in developing their leadership potential.
  • Students are engaged in a self-exploration of their strengths.
  • Students are empowered to make a positive difference on campus and in their communities

Leadership Certificate

10 Foundation Courses + Leadership Experience + Mentor/Coach + Reflection = Leadership Certificate

Leadership is a lifelong journey, and the best leaders are committed to ongoing learning.  The 10 Foundation Courses are designed to inspire students to view themselves as leaders and encourage them to commit to the ongoing development of their leadership skills.  The Leadership Certificate recognizes students who practice their new leadership knowledge in a hands-on experience and continually reflect on their actions and areas for growth.

Requirements for the Leadership Certificate:

  1. Complete all 10 Leadership Development Program Foundation Courses (9 courses through LDP program + 1 equity & diversity course through campus partner)
  2. Engage in an on-going leadership experience (positional or non-positional) & Identify a coach within their chosen leadership experience to meet with at least four times to discuss their learning and application.
  3. Complete a reflection paper that shows how through the leadership experience the student has applied their course learning.  Students will be expected to share how they’ve begun using intentional processes to lead with purpose, while being inclusive, ethical, and empowering.  Student will receive reflection question prompts during the Introduction to Leadership workshop.

If you are interested in receiving additional information about the Leadership Certificate, please submit your information here.

Registration is now open!

Registration is required and is only open to current NC State students.  Foundation courses are designed to be taken in order, therefore students are asked to commit to taking one of the scheduled paths.  Click on “Sign up today!” to see detailed directions for how to register for the certificate and for your chosen course dates.

Please direct questions to leadandengage-LDP@ncsu.edu.


The nine Spring foundation workshops towards the Leadership Certificate are offered on the following dates:
(Please note: By registering, you are committing to taking all nine foundation workshops scheduled in that path. Most of the workshops are held in Talley Student Union, with a couple in Witherspoon. Specific room numbers are available when registering).

FALL 2019 – Registration for Fall paths is closed
Path 1: Weekly on Tuesdays, 6p–8p
9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 plus one OIED workshop participant selects

Path 2: Weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30p–6:30p
9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 plus one OIED workshop participant selects

Path 3: Weekly on Tuesdays, 6p–8p
1/7/2020, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 plus one OIED workshop participant selects

Path 4: Weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30p–6:30p
1/8/2020, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/18 plus one OIED workshop participant selects

For One-Time Workshop registration (separate from the certificate), please scroll to the bottom of the LDP webpage.

Foundation Course Descriptions

  • Students will learn about LDP requirements and build community with those they will be taking courses with. The course provides an overview of the fundamentals of leadership, a historical overview of leadership theories, and an introduction to the Relational Leadership Model.

  • Values exist, whether we recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when we acknowledge our values and when we make plans and decisions to honor them. In this course, students will learn to understand the importance of values and how as a leader they can use them.

  • The key to personal development is to fully understand how to apply our greatest talents and strengths in our everyday life. To be an effective leader, we must be aware of our own strengths as well as those around us. In this course, students will be able to discover and explore their own top five talent themes from the Gallup Clifton Strengths profile and appreciate the differing talents of others.

  • When ethical dilemmas arise, a natural tendency is to react too quickly to resolve the issue or pretend we didn’t notice.  A necessary and vital component of leadership is the ability to make tough decisions for the greater good of the group by engaging in a process that includes intentional reflection before action. In this course, students will learn how to apply practical tools to handle moral dilemmas when there appears to be no clear right answer.

  • In this course, students will learn how to develop a vision and mission statement that connects to shared goals and how to establish a strategic communication plan that will allow their organization to grow stronger internally and clearly communicate their purpose externally.

  • In this course, students will learn how to make the most of working with a team.  We’ll help you discover how to capitalize on the strengths of your teammates and how to motivate groups around a shared sense of ownership and mission. We’ll explore common phases of team development and how to keep the team moving forward.

  • In this course, students will undergo self-assessment and engage in dialogue with one another about the elements of privilege, power, cultural competence, inclusion, and social justice.  Students will explore how these concepts can be positively applied to their own leadership journey.

  • In this course, students will learn the skills and practices necessary to adapt to organizational change as well as navigating the complex process to facilitate change within the organization. Students will learn the process of the Change Curve as well as understand the principles of Kotter’s Change Model.

(All foundation classes must be completed prior to taking this workshop.)

  • In this course, students will culminate their experience by creating their own personal leadership philosophy. A leadership philosophy is the product of discerning your core values, turning those values into operating principles, and integrating those operating principles into a coherent statement of how you intend to lead in life.

Choose one workshop outside of your comfort zone or that you are least knowledgeable about. Students register in Reporter (outside of their foundation path) for one course through the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Follow part four of these directions to register.

One-Time Leadership Workshops

Not quite ready to commit to the certificate program? Our office offers one-time leadership workshops for ongoing leadership development. Click here to see our upcoming workshops.