Certificates Overview

Regardless of your career path, you will find yourself in different workplaces throughout your career. While the roles and benefits will vary, one thing that will remain the same is the need for trust in the workplace. Creating a culture of trust will help you relate to your peers and set yourself apart as a leader. This certificate includes courses on working with different generations, managing office conflict, ethics in the workplace, and navigating the workplace environment.  

Introduction to Workplace Environments

Whether you work in an office or virtually, in a small start-up or for a large corporation, you will have to manage your workplace environment. This includes learning how to work with others, deal with challenging situations, and sometimes make difficult choices. This session will set the foundation for the importance of creating a culture of trust by introducing the topics and skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Working with Different Generations

We matriculate through school with others around the same age, but that changes when you enter the workforce. In your career, you might be working – or even supervising – people who are older or younger than yourself. Join this session to learn about working with different generations in the office.

Managing Office Conflict

Work can be a great experience when you’re managing projects you enjoy and getting along with colleagues, but it’s not always like that. No workplace environment is without conflict, so you at one point or another you will likely experience disagreements, challenging personalities, and other forms of conflict. Join this session to discover techniques to manage conflict at work and perform your best.

Ethics in the Workplace

It’s inevitable. You will face an ethical dilemma in your workplace – even if you’re a self-employed entrepreneur. So, how do you handle the situation? This session will provide you with a process and opportunity to practice how to handle ethical dilemmas and focus on how to create an ethical environment.

Navigating the Workplace Environment

A workplace brings people from all different backgrounds to work together. Being able to navigate the workplace effectively involves not just learning how to work with people different from you but understanding how to create a workplace where everyone feels included and comfortable being their most authentic self. This session will cover concepts related to making a workplace inclusive for all employees.

The Decision Intelligence certificate series introduces the multifaceted nature of decision-making, emphasizing the relationship of human interactions and Artificial Intelligence, and incorporating the AKPsi Leadership Methodology in decision-making. The certificate navigates through Rowe and Boulgaride’s Decision Style Theory and Josephson’s Six Pillars of Character, distinguishing between ethics and values. Learners will then scrutinize the data side, assessing AI analytical practices. The series will conclude by synthesizing learnings and fostering personal reflection and adaptability in methodologies, with Birkman reports guiding participants towards comprehensive decision intelligence, aiming to cultivate informed decision-makers adept at navigating complexity.

Introduction to Decision Intelligence

Introduction to Decision Intelligence introduces the idea of what a decision MAKER is, and how decision-making is more than just data. Decisions also have social and managerial aspects, which require human interactions supporting Artificial Intelligence. The course then explores how the AKPsi Leadership Methodology is structured for decision-making.

Decision-Making Processes

Decision-Making Processes explores the four decision-making styles of Rowe and Boulgaride’s Decision Style Theory, along two continuums of cognitive complexity and value orientation, with practice exercises included.

Ethical Decision-Making

Ethical Decision-Making will dive deep into the value side of decision-making, using an intriguing dilemma to understand Josephson’s Six Pillars of Character, which act as the basis of ethically defensible decisions. The difference between ethics and values is investigated, with guidance to personally determine your own learning path to future behaviors which will result in more ethical decisions.

Data and AI-Driven Decision-Making

AI and Data-Driven Decision-Making explores data side of making decisions, using a taxonomy focusing on four analytical practices which fuel Artificial Intelligence data, with a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of AI analytical thinking when used as the only basis for decision-making.

Critically Thinking About Decision-Making

This final course compiles previous learning from the other courses. Through personal reflection, participants recognize how the mix of methodologies is adaptable in evaluating outcomes of decisions, which helps the learner realize the complexity of decision-making. Special attention is given to considering how to reduce the impact-risk as decisions are made. The learner will apply Birkman reports to guide the way to decision intelligence. 

Regardless of your career path, money management is a critical skill that everyone needs to have both personally and professionally. The way you manage your money has a direct relationship with other aspects of your life, so it is important to have the financial literacy to set yourself up for success. This certificate will include courses on financial management, financial decision-making, taxes, and financial planning.

Introduction to Financial Literacy

For many people, finances can be overwhelming. There are a lot of terms to understand and having a strong basis in financial literacy can help you progress into the more complex topics. This session will set the foundation for the importance of financial literacy by introducing the topics and skills needed to manage your money prudently.  

Financial Management

Money comes in, and money goes out, but how do you manage it, so you aren’t spending more than you make? Budgets can help you understand your finances and set you up to make the best decisions considering your current situation and future goals. This session will cover how to create and stick to a budget based on your own financial needs. 

Financial Decision-Making

Throughout your life, you will need to make some major financial decisions beyond your day-to-day spending. While these decisions can impact your budget, there are a lot more factors that go into planning for them. This session will review some of the different financial decisions and what you need to know to make the best decisions based on your financial situation.  


Once you start making money or owning property, you will also start owing taxes. Whether you file them yourself or hire a professional, there are a lot of nuances to be aware of and taxes can easily get overwhelming. This session will provide a crash course into taxes including how to best prepare and what you need to know to avoid making costly mistakes.  

Financial Planning

Money management not only involves the money you currently have but considering your future needs. While your financial situation will change throughout your career, planning for the future through savings and investments will help set you up for financial success. This session looks at financial planning to consider your financial goals and how to save for the future.

Throughout our lives we will be part of various groups from friendships, clubs, to workplaces and more. Each of these groups are made up of people with their own diverse experiences and perspectives. Whether it’s a personal or professional group, and regardless of your role or past experiences, everyone can be an inclusive leader and contribute to creating an inclusive environment. This certificate will include courses on understanding identity, unconscious bias, inclusive language, and allyship.  

Introduction to Inclusive Leadership

Whether you’re striving to be inclusive of your colleagues’ perspectives or trying to solve a complex problem for your consumers, ensuring people feel they belong in an organization is important. This session is the beginning of your journey to understanding the importance of fostering a sense of belonging in business. It will dive into topics like Diversity, Equality, Equity, and Inclusion as well as introduce the topics needed to become an inclusive leader. 

Understanding Identity

Belonging can be difficult when others don’t accept you, but it can be even harder when you don’t accept or understand yourself. For this reason, creating inclusive environments starts with the self-awareness to both know and accept your whole self. This session looks at identity to understand the different facets that can make up your character and recognize the roles that identity plays in how we engage with others personally and professionally. 

Business not Bias

Our brains process and store a lot of information, and subconsciously it creates biases that can often be seen in the way we engage with others. While we can’t eliminate our biases, we can learn how to recognize them and mitigate their impact on our decision making. This session focuses on understanding unconscious bias to increase our awareness and mitigate the negative impact they can have on our decision-making and relationships with others.  

Reframing Respect

You might have experienced microaggressions, and you might have been the aggressor. These tiny comments aren’t so tiny, and they can be disrespectful. Tuning your ear to catch these kinds of comments will help you reframe your own words to be respectful, even if you didn’t think you needed to! This session breaks down microaggressions to understand what they are, their impact, and how to respond in different situations where they might occur. 

Advocating for Allyship

Diversity should be celebrated for the different perspectives and value each person can bring, but not everyone is provided the same opportunities. To meet the needs of a diverse workforce and diverse consumer populations, it’s important we notice whose voice might be missing and pass that voice a mic! This session covers allyship in terms of understanding its importance and what it looks like in action.

The Management Fundamentals certificate offers a curriculum designed to equip participants with essential skills for effective leadership. The courses offered in this certificate will provide participants with a foundational understanding of managerial principles, focus on personal growth and leadership style, teach strategies for employee development, cover key project planning and execution concepts, and delve into techniques for enhancing team performance. This certificate will offer individuals with skills to excel in managerial roles and foster organizational success.  

Introduction to Management

Moving into a role where you are leading people is a significant step. You’re confident in contributing from your well of skills and talents on your own. As a manager, you have new duties, in addition to the scope of business responsibilities. Managing a scope of business responsibility that includes people is, fundamentally, about the people and your relationships with them, as much – or more – as it is about the scope of that business.  In this course, we will look at management principles, management vs. leadership, the role of personal credibility, and personal beliefs. 

Developing Yourself

In this course, we will look at your natural leadership style – what your “default” preferences are, for how you lead others. This includes some areas of strength in leading from your own style, and also some potential challenges or blind spots. We’ll look at some key management practices and how you can leverage your natural style. We will also look at how your style maps to the six major styles, and where you may want to further develop. Finally, you’ll reflect on change, and how you can develop a level of adaptability or resiliency to changes that occur around you that affect you and your team.

Developing Your Team

In this course, we will explore the nature of working with people, of connecting with and developing your people. We’ll examine the key practice of delegation and to develop your “management muscle” over your “task muscle.” We’ll look at some ways to help understand your team’s strengths and capabilities, identifying skill gaps and planning to augment and develop skills. 

Project Management Fundamentals

At its core, project management involves managing activities, resources, and time to achieve a given goal or objective. That said, there are a large number of people that act as “project managers” who don’t recognize key principles and disciplines of project management, and so don’t practice effective project management.  In this course, our objective is to understand key elements and tools used in managing projects effectively. We’ll identify key concepts and techniques outlined in accepted professional project management discipline. As a result, you should be able to use basic tools to manage your own projects, recognize the level of professional discipline in projects you observe or are assigned to and identify additional training and tools you may want to further explore.

Performance Management

We will determine how to establish goals and objectives with your team. And, going beyond the job description – making sure that individuals know what they are doing, clarity of assignments, and how they will be evaluated. We will outline key practices for communicating – checkpoints, acknowledging performance, and managing performance.  
We’ll then look at how to have difficult conversations, and the role and timing of improvement planning.  

Wherever you are in your career, Servant Leadership is valuable in shaping your thinking of how to present yourself, relate to others, and effectively help your organization.  Servant Leadership is for anyone, whether you have a “leader” title or not. We all can be Servant Leaders as we live out the Commonwealth leadership definition, which is “the ability to guide, develop, and inspire others who share a common purpose by applying knowledge and skills to practical situations”.  From completing the Servant Leader learning activities, you will realize three behavioral outcomes: 1) able to describe Servant Leadership, 2) develop professional and leadership skills, and 3) expand your professional network. This certificate includes a course introducing the Servant Leadership model which expands out to self, others, and the organization. Three courses delve more deeply into each of these characteristics, with application of the Servant Leadership model to both the Commonwealth Leadership model and the Trust model. The last course is the assessment summarizing everything that you have learned to obtain the Fundamentals of Servant Leader certificate. There are both on-line and in-person options through the certificate lessons which promote building and expanding your network of like-minded leaders. 

Introduction to Servant Leadership

Robert K. Greenleaf, recognized as the author of the Servant Leader concepts, stated that “Bering a servant leader begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then, conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead”. The Center for Servant Leadership, worked with the Commonwealth organization to develop a model for Servant Leadership. Beginning with the philosophy and mindset of Servant Leadership, the model is introduced along with a definition, and an overview provided of the three components of the model – Self, Others, and Organization.  

Servant Leadership for Self

This course introduces what the concept of Servant Leadership means to us as individuals. You will explore each of the characteristics of being a Servant Leader for yourself through being self-aware, with a chance to use your Birkman reports titled Map Summary, Understanding Areas of Interest, Influence Others if you have taken the assessment. You will then further explore having empathy, and foresight. You will finish up the course with a self-assessment which will help you determine where you need more learning as a Servant Leader.

Servant Leadership for Others

The Servant Leadership for Others course begins with a lesson introducing the concept of Servant Leadership through focusing on Others. Lessons explore each of the characteristics of being a Servant Leader in meeting the needs of other people, and each lesson includes an activity to apply the characteristics to a case-study-like situation. The course completes with lessons that tie It together, in which the participant can take advantage of meeting with other participants online to continue the conversation, sharing insights and best practices.

Servant Leadership for the Organization

The Servant Leadership for the Organization course begins with a lesson introducing the concept of Servant Leadership through focusing on the Organization. Lessons explore each of the characteristics of being a Servant Leader for the organization and includes an activity to apply the characteristics to a case-study-like situation.

Applying Servant Leadership Model to Leadership Models

After all three component courses are completed, a course is offered to apply the participant’s knowledge of Servant Leadership (SL) characteristics to the Commonwealth Leadership Alliance® (CLA) methodology and the CLA Trust model, to integrate the learned concepts into our own leadership practices. The course activity directs you to create a Servant Leader Learning Plan for yourself that will focus in on where you have discovered skills you want to enhance. 

Introduction to the Core SixTM

After years of research on what skills employers most want to see in the employees they hire, The Commonwealth Leadership® Alliance developed the Commonwealth Leadership Alliance Core Six™, a set of essential components forming the basis for the Commonwealth Leadership Alliance The Journey™ program. This course provides an introduction to the leadership components in terms of what they mean and their importance in principled business leadership. The Introduction to the Core Six™ course will help you clarify the importance of and need for personal development, analyze your experience with the Core Six™, and then act on starting your professional development journey!

Define components of the Core SixTM

Explore topics and concepts related to each Core SixTM component

Explain the relationship between the Core SixTM and principled business leadership

Reflect on personal areas of growth related to inclusion topics

Certificate Recipients

Certificate Learner's name School
Creating a Culture of Trust Certificate Assessment Alexander Sultan San Diego State University
Creating a Culture of Trust Certificate Assessment Ethan Couture University of Mississippi
Decision Intelligence Certificate Assessment Peter Kochek University of Rochester
Decision Intelligence Certificate Assessment Varsha Holsambre Georgia Institute of Technology
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Avery Linton Kansas State University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Matthew Nixon State University of New York - Geneseo
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Christian Gonzalez Texas Tech University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Adam Zbib University of Michigan - Dearborn
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Grant Willis Creighton University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Jaden Stover Tennessee State University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Mikayla Bumgarner Tennessee Technological University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Gabe Williams High Point University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Emily Barnett Tennessee Technological University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Julia Kimmel State University of New York - Geneseo
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Andrew Crooks Canisius University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Zachary Michales State University of New York - Geneseo
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Catherine Weber State University of New York - Geneseo
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Sir James Ford Tennessee State University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Nicholas Moyes University of Alabama
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Ashley Padilla Fort Hays State University
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Jack Fratta State University of New York - Geneseo
Financial Literacy Certificate Assessment Abhiram Potturu Nova Southeastern University
Inclusive Leadership Certificate Assessment Ryan Von Fiedler Central Washington University
Inclusive Leadership Certificate Assessment Haille Grajek University of Michigan - Dearborn
Management Fundamentals
Certificate Assessment
Diana Bishopp Sacred Heart University
Management Fundamentals
Certificate Assessment
Durham Kelly Creighton University
Management Fundamentals
Certificate Assessment
Nicholas Gabriel University of Richmond
Servant Leadership Certificate Assessment Elizabeth Sethi University of Michigan - Dearborn
Servant Leadership Certificate Assessment Antonio Gonzalez Trinity University
Servant Leadership Certificate Assessment Ethan Benefield University of Mississippi
Servant Leadership Certificate Assessment LaTajahnaa Carter Tennessee State University
Servant Leadership Certificate Assessment Zachary Michales State University of New York - Geneseo
Servant Leadership Certificate Assessment Jalen Evans Tennessee State University
Servant Leadership Certificate Assessment Jose Salazar Trinity University

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