Essential Foundations of Leadership Certificate

Through the UTSA Executive Education Leadership Institute, participants develop and enhance core skills that are fundamental to organizational success. Our certificate programs provide professional development, practical experience, and tools to help participants improve organizational effectiveness.

Program Overview

Are you looking for ways to positively impact the performance of your organization? Are you a leader trying to navigate your organization through uncertain times? Or, are you looking to develop the necessary leadership skills to continue moving up in your organization? Effective leadership skills are a critical component to performance and career success, and no matter where you are in terms of experience or position, our Essential Foundations of Leadership Program is an opportunity to learn and develop leadership competencies to positively impact your career.

Our Essentials of Foundation Leadership track is built around nine core leadership courses. In addition to the core courses, three customized sessions led by expert College of Business faculty will help participants solidify learning in the areas of influence (Dorinda Rolle, Ph.D.), professional development (Kathryn Keeton, Ph.D.), and strategy (Bruce C. Rudy, Ph.D.).

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Program Details

Our unique approach will help participants strengthen leadership and communication skills, gain a deeper understanding of their own personal strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to develop organizationally aligned strategies to enhance their own personal leadership development.

  • Course Duration: 6 months, two Tuesdays a month; core classes are three hours and capstone classes are four hours
  • Course Dates and Times:
    • Leadership Core: Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Strategy Core: Mar. 28, Apr. 18 and May 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Professional Development Core: May 30, Jun. 20 and Jul. 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Capstone Courses: Aug. 1, 22 and Sep. 12 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

We offer a discounted rate to support and make training accessible to not-for-profit organizations and small businesses; group discounts are also available. Contact us at for discount codes. Payment plans are available upon request.

What is a Leadership Institute Certificate?

Offered through the Center for Professional Excellence in UTSA’s College of Business, a Leadership Institute Certificate is an opportunity to enhance your business acumen and knowledge of important and relevant professional topics. Taught by award-winning faculty from UTSA and seasoned experts, certificate participants can expect:

  • A balance of theory and applied-focus classes
  • Practical tools to solidify your learning in the areas of influence, professional development and organizational strategy
  • A personal executive coaching experience
    • Four individual assessments
    • Private coaching sessions
    • Secure online platform with a personal coaching page
  • Four Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The cost of your certificate program includes: