Vanderbilt Certificate in Leadership Excellence

The Vanderbilt Certificate in Leadership Excellence has been crafted to help you fulfill your potential as a leader. Comprised of a carefully selected series of four programs, you will learn, discuss and experience both fundamentals of leadership and advanced approaches with noted authors, distinguished academics and knowledgeable peers.
The Vanderbilt Certificate in Leadership Excellence will help you to strategically manage your organization as an effective leader by providing you with a comprehensive set of knowledge and tools essential to leading individuals, teams and organizations. Through this program series, you will master techniques for creating a high-performance culture, enhancing the performance of your team through effective coaching and development, balancing competing organizational demands, driving strategic change within the organization, and effectively negotiating to maximize gains across the organization.
To be eligible for the Vanderbilt Certificate in Leadership Excellence you must complete four required programs over a 36-month period. The programs do not need to be taken consecutively or in any particular order—select the scheduled dates that are most convenient for you.

Required Programs Include:

(click each program for more information)

  • Executive Leadership (3 days)
    Taught by noted author and Vanderbilt business professor Dick Daft, this fast-paced and highly interactive program will help you become a stronger leader and will teach you strategies for building a shared vision, motivating people and leading change effectively.
  • Leadership Coaching (2 days)
    Taught by executive coach and Vanderbilt professor Mark Cannon, this intensely focused program will help you strengthen your organization by developing the distinct set of competencies to more effectively coach, motivate, recruit and retain high-performance employees.
  • Leading Change (2 days)
    Taught by noted author and Vanderbilt business professor Dick Daft, this engaging program will help you lead change initiatives that succeed, build support for embracing and sustaining change and adopt best-practice strategies for applying course learning to an actual project in your organization.
  • Negotiation Skills for Managers (2 days)
    Taught by negotiation expert and distinguished scholar Ray Friedman, this program provides an analytical framework for approaching negotiation scenarios and will help you build skills as a negotiator with both internal and external constituents, handle disputes and help your organization function more effectively.

Who This Certificate is Right For:

This certificate is right for you if you need to intensely focus on building the specific skills necessary to be a highly effective leader. You may be a

  • CEO, board member or senior executive
  • Entrepreneur or small business owner
  • Manager at any level and function

Total Program Length: 

9 days over 36 months

Total Program Cost: 


To enroll in the certificate program, select Certificate in Leadership Excellence in the program field on our simple registration form.

If you have any questions, please email us or call 615.322.2513.