Leadership and Management Certificate

The Leadership and Management Certificate is designed to help executives across the organization reach new levels of success. Both individuals and larger teams can learn cutting-edge management concepts from world-class Wharton faculty. For companies looking to achieve and increase competitive advantage, this certificate program is an effective way to scale learning for maximum impact.

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Adam Grant, PhDThe Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management, Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

How the Certificate Program Works

  • Four fully online courses, flexibly paced by the executive learner, including on-demand content and live faculty facilitation
  • Duration: 4-6 weeks per course
  • Commitment: 2-4 hours per week

  • $3,600 per Certificate
    (4 course requirement)
  • $995 per individual course

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  • January 14, 2019
  • February 11, 2019
  • March 11, 2019
  • April 8, 2019

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Each course is eligible for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from Wharton Online.

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Who Should Enroll

  • Individual high-potential mid- to senior-level managers working in any function or industry, with a minimum five to seven years’ experience.
  • Executive cohorts can also be enrolled through an organizational partnership.

Benefits for Executives

  • Learn at your own pace with the convenience of online learning and flexible start dates.
  • Gain exclusive insights and cutting-edge concepts to advance your career in today’s complex business environment.
  • Earn a Wharton Certificate upon completion of the program.

Benefits for Organizations

  • Efficiently scale leadership development across teams.
  • Leverage the flexibility for managers to adapt learnings to corporate challenges.
  • Ensure better communication through a common vocabulary.

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Individual Course Descriptions

Leadership in the 21st Century

Course Description

The attitudes, assumptions, and dynamics of employees in today’s workplace are more varied than perhaps ever before. Today’s successful leaders are those who create positive, productive, and responsive organizational cultures for their people. But with such varied perspectives, what cultural considerations make the most sense for an organization?

Leadership in the 21st Century will teach you how to create an environment where your employees can thrive and step up to meet stretch goals for the organization. Led by some of the world’s most acclaimed professors, including Adam Grant, Sigal Barsade, Katherine Klein, and Nancy Rothbard, the program exposes executives to cutting-edge research on the qualities and behaviors of both successful and unsuccessful work environments and how this research can be applied to practical, real-life workplace situations.

This inspirational program culminates in an understanding of making change for the better and how such change can propel your organization into the future.

Course Modules

  1. Engaging Hearts and Minds
  2. Understanding Work Styles and Cultivating Originality
  3. Purpose-Driven Leadership
  4. Organizational Culture and Culture Change

Participants will learn how to:

  • Better engage your employees
  • Foster creativity among individuals and teams
  • Identify “givers,” “takers,” and “matchers”
  • Lead with purpose
  • Create a culture that encourages success

Managing and Motivating Talent

Course Description

People are the most valuable asset of any business, but they are also the most unpredictable and, often, the most difficult to manage. Talent management is a key strategy to the health and growth of successful organizations. Are your managers getting the training they need to make good management decisions?

In Managing and Motivating Talent, award-winning authors and renowned management professors Michael Useem and Peter Cappelli have designed this course to introduce you to the key elements of managing talent and motivating people.

By the end of this course, you’ll have developed the skills you need to start motivating, organizing, and rewarding people in your organization so that you can thrive as a business and as a social organization. Scaling this important learning throughout the organization provides leadership with a consistent framework for cross-divisional talent management.

Course Modules

  1. Motivation and Reward
  2. Tasks, Jobs, and Systems of Work
  3. Making Good and Timely Management Decisions
  4. Designing and Changing the Organization’s Architecture

Participants will learn how to:

  • Engage and motivate employees
  • Better manage employee performance and evaluation
  • Create incentive and reward systems
  • Design jobs for greater performance and effectiveness
  • Create an optimal organizational architecture for your company

Managing the Global Firm

Course Description

Today’s markets are fast-moving, interconnected, and global in a way that is only increasing. Ongoing changes in our world, like the rise of emerging-market multinationals, the aging population, and the reconfiguration of global power relationships, result in new opportunities. How do you take advantage of these opportunities to benefit your business and get out in front of the change?

In Managing the Global Firm, world-renowned professor of management Mauro Guillén will teach you how and when to pursue these opportunities so that you can maximize profits and growth. You’ll be introduced to new decision and business models, products, and services, and learn how to use them within your organization. You’ll explore new international markets and how they evolve, and learn how to create a global structure and strategy to take advantage of these new global markets and envision the multinational firms of the future.

Course Modules

  1. Global Markets and the Firm
  2. International Strategies
  3. Organization and Management of the International Firm
  4. The Multinational Firm in the 21st Century

Participants will learn how to:

  • Define and evaluate international markets
  • Understand the evolution of market trends
  • Identify the benefits of global strategy for your company
  • Quantify market trends on a global scale

Strategic Management: Competitive and Corporate Strategy

Course Description

In an increasingly competitive global business environment, companies in all industries are striving for an edge and working to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. In a world where “strategy” seems ubiquitous, how do you find your niche to truly differentiate?

Strategic Management is designed to teach you how to evaluate, develop, and execute a successful business strategy that you can implement inside and outside the organization. World-renowned management professors Harbir Singh and Nicolaj Siggelkow introduce tools and frameworks that can be put to immediate use in planning and execution. By the end of this course, you will be able to articulate your strategy, why it works, and how it will help meet your organization’s financial and marketing goals.

Course Modules

  1. The Firm and the Industry
  2. Industry Analysis and Competitive Dynamics
  3. Corporate Strategy and Firm Scope
  4. Firms in a Context

Participants will learn how to:

  • Create a value chain
  • Position yourself in the market
  • Perform network and industry analyses
  • Create strategic leadership and vision
  • Optimize outsourcing, acquisitions, and alliances

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The Wharton Leadership and Management Certificate is an extremely valuable program. Since completing my MBA, so much has happened in terms of emerging best practices and new studies in management and leadership. The program was highly relevant for me in terms of enhancing and strengthening my skills as a manager, and it helped me build my career potential. The course content and delivery were excellent and well-structured, and the interaction with fellow students and faculty is another asset. I would definitely recommend this program."

Kenneth K. MwendaProgram Manager, World Bank, Washington, D.C.

To expand my role and become an architect of my company's future, I knew it would be helpful to gain knowledge in management and leadership. Since I am busy with my family and career, I knew an online program would be best. The Wharton Leadership and Management Certificate helped me make time to invest in myself and think beyond the walls of my office to the dynamic business world as a whole. To maintain a competitive edge, I looked to the experts at Wharton. Without a doubt, I would enroll in the course again.”

Elizabeth CarlyleVice President and General Counsel, Vision Source


Sigal Barsade

Sigal Barsade, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Organizational culture, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, organizational change, teamwork and leadership

Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Adam Grant

Adam Grant, PhDSee Faculty Bio

The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management; Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Work motivation, helping and giving behaviors, job design and meaningful work, leadership

Mauro Guillen

Mauro Guillén, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; Director, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management

Katherine Klein

Katherine Klein, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Edward H. Bowman Professor, Professor of Management; Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Social Impact Initiative, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Innovation and technology implementation, leadership, diversity, teams, and social networks

Nancy Rothbart

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development

Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices

Harbir Singh

Harbir Singh, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions

Michael Useem

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance

I wanted to increase my level of professionalism and acquire more skills as a leader to further help my function within our company. The Wharton Leadership and Management course made me think about strategy in a new way so I am positioned to be a better enabler for the business. I liked the online format — it’s go at your own speed, your own pace. Prof. Useem gets you to think outside the box when it comes to leadership. This program was amazing. It’s just everything you’d expect from Wharton.”

Rick ZiesmerSenior Security Manager, BAE Systems, Fridley, Minnesota

When looking to advance into a leadership role, I wanted to improve my credentials and re-educate myself in management and leadership. Wharton’s Leadership and Management Certificate helped me become more thoughtful and deliberate as a manager, cultivate a positive culture, and lead change effectively. I highly recommend this program, especially for emerging leaders. It gave me a meaningful credential that helped get me to the management level, and the tools to confidently lead and manage talent. I recently got a promotion, and I credit this program as a big reason for it.

Rob HathawaySenior Manager of Big Data, Symphony Health, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania