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High Impact Leadership Microcertificate

Program Start: 25 September 2023 - In Session
Application Deadline: 17 April 2024
Location: Online
Credit Granting Institution: U of R


Leading in any capacity – whether in a small team, project or large organization - involves a complex skillset that is constantly evolving.  In the High Impact Leadership Professional Microcertificate, you will learn skills employers highly value related to communications, assertiveness and consensus building.  Apply them on the job immediately to achieve greater impact and success.

Gain an understanding of power dynamics and cultivate positive relationships while building consensus even when conversations start off difficult or involve diverse perspectives.  You will also learn how to facilitate authentic and direct conversations in a non-confrontational manner and encourage others to do the same.

You can take one, two or all three courses because they are standalone. If you complete all three within two years, you will be awarded the High Impact Leadership Professional Microcertificate. The courses can be taken in any order and there are no pre-requisites.

Course Descriptions

Navigate Difficult Conversations - Sep 25-27 8:30-11:30am or Jan 16-18 8:30-11:30am

Are some conversations simply too difficult to manage – or do you wish you had handled a particular discussion differently?  As we navigate meetings, interactions both professional and personal, as well as situations where consensus or strategic decisions need to be collectively agreed upon, making certain our message is received as intended can be a significant challenge.  Moving from face-to-face conversations to virtual environments adds an additional layer of complexity that is often unfamiliar and can be riddled with potential pitfalls.  Explore different approaches to communication and uncover personal triggers within difficult conversations.  You will learn about the importance of flexibility in approach, and why being curious can help move a conversation from disagreement to mutual understanding.  This course is intended to provide learners with new skills, knowledge and tools to support effective communication.

Manage Power Dynamics - Nov 1-3 8:30-11:30am or Feb 7-9 8:30-11:30am
With the responsibility of leadership, comes the reality of navigating complex relationships and organizational dynamics.  An underlying current in both is power.  Not often talked about, power and ego play a crucial role in organizational relationships and group dynamics.  Gain an understanding of how to develop your own presence, as well as wisdom, to discern between internal and external power.  You will develop strategies to navigate difficult behaviours and cultivate positive behaviours leading to successful outcomes.

Assertive Leadership - Dec 4-6 1:30-4:30pm or Apr 24-26 8:30-11:30am
Leaders require a wide range of skills and abilities to lead diverse employees and teams through complex, challenging, and evolving organizational circumstances.  Assertive leadership empowers leaders to express their honest opinions, experiences, and feelings in teamwork, decision-making, communications, change management and more.  Develop the necessary skills to lead in a direct, authentic, and non-confrontational manner, as well as successfully encourage others to do the same to ensure optimal teamwork and inclusiveness.


Number of hours: 14 hours per course x 3 = 42 hours total
Assessment: Participation: 80% attendance of each day
Previous education required: None
Delivery: Remote
Completion timeline: Within two years from the term in which you begin the program.

Tuition: $2,085*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


Funding Opportunities: Our non-credit programs may qualify for the Canada Training Credit and Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant


*GST and PST will be added to the tuition cost.


Note: all Professional Development Certificates are non-credit/non-academic and do not offer course credit at the Universities, Sask Polytech, or other academic institutions.


PLEASE NOTE: This course is not eligible for a T2202A tax slip.  Courses must be a minimum of 10 hours classroom study per week for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks to qualify.

This course is not eligible for International admission.

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