Leadership Essentials

  • Program details
  • Dates and time: 6 – 9 p.m., mid-February to mid-March, 2023 (exact dates TBA)
  • Location: Online, instructor-led live sessions.
  • Number of sessions: 5 sessions over 4 weeks
  • Instructional fee: $1,195
  • Format: Zoom videoconference

Leadership Essentials will help you develop the skills and abilities of new and emerging leaders, with an emphasis on key principles and interaction essentials required to lead diverse and dynamic work teams.

What you will learn

  • How to apply key principles to create and sustain personal connections encourage two-way communication, strengthen relationships and build trust
  • How to use interaction guidelines for more effective interpersonal interactions
  • How to analyze ego states and the inherent variation among individuals

The certificate course follows an Applied Learning Model, combining in-class training and the application of course concepts synthesized with real-world project applications. The Applied Learning Model helps accelerate learning and increases your knowledge depth.

Meetings and format

The course is delivered via Zoom videoconference with live instruction. To attend via Zoom, you need a computer with webcam, microphone and high-speed internet.

Each Zoom session allows for live interactions with the instructor and other students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Assignments and other materials will be available online through a web-based learning management system.

Who should attend

Working professionals who are in emerging roles as front-line leaders (including technical or business professionals who are relatively new to leading teams) or experienced leaders who need to sharpen their skills relative to team leadership and ways to address new challenges. See Requirements for eligibility.


The instructional fee is $1,195 including a nonrefundable administrative fee of $75. The fee covers the course materials, which will be accessed online. See registration for details.

The registration fee is the same regardless of residence.


Jay Schmidt portraitJay Schmidt is executive vice-president and general manager of Silicon Forest Electronics, a contract manufacturing firm in Vancouver. He holds MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees from Concordia University in Portland and is a DDI-certified instructor.


A typical course program involves the following:

  • Your leadership journey and introductions
  • Communicating for leadership success
  • Building and sustaining trust
  • Maximizing team performance
  • Capstone presentations*

*Capstone projects are chosen by you at the beginning of the program (in alignment with the needs of your employer) and provide the “living lab” to use the concepts as taught in course. Capstone projects may be based on a variety of themes, such as continuous improvement, cost reduction, safety improvement, process development, personnel development, or manufacturing and materials flow. You will present your capstone project in the final session of the course.


Admission to the program requires a minimum of one year of college courses, with an associate’s degree preferred. You must be proficient in English.

Certificate completion

Earning the certificate requires the following:

  • Attendance of at least four of five classes
  • Completion and presentation of the capstone project