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Executive Certificate in Advanced Leadership Practice

Marian’s Executive Certificate in Advanced Leadership Practice is designed for professionals with significant responsibility in a  formal leadership role. If you have a strong desire to grow your leadership skills, this advanced certificate program is designed for you. Grounded in the Adaptive Leadership framework, the program will help you grow in your understanding of complex systemic challenges and gain practical skills to help you be more effective in addressing those challenges.

What’s in it for me?

Today’s organizations face complex issues and volatile environments for which industrial-age leadership theories and practices are ill-equipped, if not counterproductive. Professionals from diverse industries and domains—from healthcare to technology to government to clergy—facing difficult challenges will benefit from this program.

What will you study?

There is more to organizational leadership than simply meeting goals and objectives. The program emphasizes the Adaptive Leadership framework as its foundation, which provides a leadership focus that recognizes organizations as social systems, differentiates between technical problems and adaptive challenges, and expressly accounts for the nuance and power of authority and group dynamics.

Program Goals

This program has four overarching goals for candidates,  such that at the completion of this program the recipient will be able to:

  • Understand: Diagnose the complex social systems of an organization.
  • Engage others: Align and mobilize others within an organization.
  • Manage self: Build emotional and psychological strength required to exercise leadership.
  • Intervene skillfully: Act with purpose and agency within groups, teams, and organizations.

Program Courses and Structure

$1,950 each

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Transformation and Leading Change


  • Sociotechnical Systems and Adaptive Enterprise
  • Adaptive Leadership and Social Change

$1,250 each

  • Moral Leadership in a Conflicted World
  • Authority, Power, and Ethics
  • Conflict Management and Negotiation

You receive a certificate upon completion of each course; however, to earn the Executive Certificate in Advanced Leadership Practice, you must complete Adaptive Leadership and Transformation and Leading Change,  plus one (1) course from the elective courses list — all within six years of beginning the program.

For program specific information

Jeffery Kaufman, Ph.D.
Klipsch Educators College
(317) 955-6348  

For ​application information

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6​400

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