Aspiring Leaders Certificate (ALC)


This certificate provides the knowledge and skills essential for individuals wanting to know more about leadership. It provides an individual a better understanding of leadership before they venture into any leadership situation.

Program Content

Competencies for this certificate were identified through a review of GSU’s strategic plan, discussions with aspirational universities, the Staff Development and Advancement Committee, online research, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Leadership Competency model, and feedback from focus groups composed of GSU employees.

The certificate program consists of seven required courses. Courses are delivered via both classroom (instructor-led training – ILT) and online (Skillport). Coursework must be completed within a two-year window.


Some of the courses require a registration fee. You can expect to invest $375 in earning this certificate.

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Core Courses (must complete all)

This interactive program will teach you the essentials of the leadership process and help you earn respect as a trusted leader. It shows you how to master the five roles of a leader: role model, visionary, motivator, coach and change agent. It builds your skills in setting the example, the agenda, the direction, and the expectations for others to follow. It deepens your skills in engaging, influencing, and inspiring others to follow your lead and do their best. It strengthens your ability to delegate, coach, and hold others accountable for improved performance. It will help you build a unified team of committed high-performing colleagues. Classroom/$150
Do you pay attention to your emotions and the feelings of those around you? The answer to this question can help you discover how in tune you are with your emotions and help determine your emotional intelligence quotient (EQ). Your emotional intelligence quotient is your capacity to reason and analyze emotional information. Becoming aware of your emotions can help you become attuned to your own needs and the needs of others and can help you make better decisions and develop better relationships. This course explores the power of emotions and the concept of emotional intelligence. It also discusses emotional intelligence competencies in areas of self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and relationship management. Classroom/No Registration Fee.
The "circles of trust" model is a helpful tool for describing relationships. In the innermost circle, you work on your trustworthiness and ethical decision making. In the middle circle, you work on your everyday relationships with colleagues and peers. In the outer circle, you project credibility and trustworthiness beyond your usual circle, building relationships that are based on mutual benefit. This course shows how to strengthen relationships within the three circles of trust. Plus, learn how to build trust in remote teams, repair lost or broken trust, and deliver an apology to speed the rebuilding process. Online/No Cost (online)
Think you're not creative? Think again! Creativity is a skill—one you can develop with practice. And all it takes to start flexing your creative muscles is an hour of your time and our own Creativity Bootcamp. In this fun, hands-on course, you’ll experience five interactive training exercises that will help you (and a partner!) boost your creative output and produce even more innovative ideas. You'll explore some common misconceptions about creativity, learn the hidden value of the "stupid idea," and, through the course of the exercises, discover the three bootcamp commands for energizing your creative process. Online/No Cost SkillPort (online)
Leadership in your community, association or organization demands effective presentation skills. Every cause needs a leader. Every leader needs to be able to stand up and deliver a clear and inspiring message. The team and followers will often judge the leader and the cause on the presentation skills of that spokesperson. This course is designed to help you overcome these and other challenges when delivering a presentation to any audience. You will learn how to: prepare a speech; correctly practice for a speech; deliver with impact; and make a speech memorable. Classroom/$150
This interactive course will help you build strong business relationships with associates inside and outside your office or department and with customers. It will help you make a positive first impression and provide techniques to continue being positive and professional in daily work activities. The course will show you how to meet and greet others, perform appropriately in the work environment and use technology effectively. In addition, you will learn how to communicate with others in a positive manner when challenging situations arise inside the office and with other departments and customers. Classroom/$75
Do you sometimes think, “If I can do it, anyone can”? Do you shy away from taking on even greater challenges because of nagging self-doubt? Even though people are often very successful by external standards, they may feel their success is due to some mysterious fluke or luck or some other external force. They may be afraid their achievements are due to “breaks” and not the result of their own ability and competence. This course will introduce you to the Imposter Phenomenon, a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize and accept their success. You will learn the negative impacts of this phenomenon. You’ll walk away with practical strategies for interrupting the Impostor Phenomenon that you can start using immediately. By applying these simple but powerful techniques, you’ll finally be able to begin to see yourself as the bright, competent person you really are! Classroom/No Registration Fee