Executive Education

Certificate in Leadership Essentials 

This 3-day course is part of the 12-day Management Essentials Program. While the course is designed to be independent in nature, please consider whether maximum value can be obtained by taking it as part of a broader program.

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This 3-day Certificate in Leadership Essentials covers the landscape of:

  • Leading Self
  • Leading Others
  • Leading through Conflict with Emotional Intelligence

Learner Outcomes

  • Refine your leadership approach to accommodate today’s ever-changing requirements
  • Learn about your leadership style, career successes and challenges through the lens of the Harrison suite of tools, gaining clarity on: your Greatest Strengths, your Unique Traits, and your Engagement and Motivational drivers;
  • Maximize 12 essential Leadership Paradoxes, (i.e., leveraging Frankness AND Diplomacy) understanding which of these paradoxes are your strengths and where paradox imbalances cause you stress;
  • Practically apply Polarity Thinking to develop a Leadership Polarity action plan to execute after the program;
  • Hone your coaching skills for varying team contexts – coaching for skills, performance and development;
  • Know when and how to situationally flex your leadership and coaching style to engage, empower and develop others;
  • Identify your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) strengths and growth areas in four key domains:
    (1) Knowing Oneself, (2) Relationship Leadership, (3) Self-Motivation and Self-Management,
    (4) Social Awareness and Service Orientation;
  • Integrate EQ learnings into a practical toolkit to manage conflict, triggers and working with challenging situations;
  • Build an actionable leadership plan for post-program success.  

Learner Profile

  • Mid-level to senior managers
  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Professionals such as engineers, lawyers and consultants.


Winter 2019
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Spring 2019

February 25, 2019    May 13, 2019
February 26, 2019    May 14, 2019
February 27, 2019    May 15, 2019


Laurie Hillis

Laurie Hillis has been teaching with University of Alberta's Executive Education for a number of years. Specializing in all areas of leadership development, she has a particular passion in the areas of organizational culture, executive coaching, change leadership, emotional intelligence, team effectiveness and succession challenges related to building a viable, diverse and engaged workplace for the future. 

With a well-earned reputation as an interactive facilitator and coach, Laurie blends her practical, workplace experience with academic quests, bringing with her an ability to create a dynamic, positive learning environment. She is an accomplished writer on the topics of Leadership and Emotional Intelligence and has consulted to organizations in the public sector, private enterprise, and not-for-profit.

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Who should attend

  • You are a mid-level manager (or above) who has experience leading within your organization.
  • You are interested in further developing effective leadership skills.