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Leading Self, Leading Others

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Are you ready to cultivate the best in you and inspire greatness in others? If so, eSpelman's Leading Self, Leading Others Certificate was made for you!

This online certificate enables individuals to build leadership, management and communication skills to lead teams while developing a long-term career vision. The program leverages an interactive virtual community during and after the courses as well as team projects.

This certificate program is designed to be accessible for those with or without college experience and to give students in-demand career skills while also earning credits that can be applied towards a degree.

What You’ll Learn

  • Gain knowledge and insights on team management concepts and skills to empower students' leadership skills.
  • Devise an implementable leadership development strategy to guide students' future career planning.
  • Develop effective communication strategies to solve complex problems and address the vast issues facing contemporary leaders today.
  • Practice emotional intelligence to build stronger relationships and develop more connected, motivated, and effective teams.
  • Identify appropriate change management approaches to drive institutional innovations and lead the people side of change to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Apply strategic decision-making skills to align students' shorter-term plans with a broader mission and give their operations clarity and consistency.

Program Info 

2024 Term Start Dates

Term 1: Monday, Jan. 22
Term 2: Monday, Apr. 22
Term 3: Monday, Aug. 5
Term 4: Monday, Oct. 14

Time Commitment

Approximately 6 Hours / Week

Program Duration

Two 8-week courses

Number of College Credits



$1,800 per course 




  • High school diploma or equivalent


The Leading Self, Leading Others Certificate consists of two eight-week courses for a total of six credit hours. Both courses are offered online only and are self-paced.

Course Credit Hours
Leading Self 3
Leading Others 3


We are launching this eSpelman Certificate at the inaugural price of $1,800 per course. This deeply-discounted rate will only be available for a limited time.


All courses in this certificate are online. Learn in your own time and schedule from anywhere you choose!

Spelman Faculty Course Developers

Retina Burton, M.S.
Director of Dual Degree Program, Director of Office of Science, Engineering & Technical Careers, Senior Instructor

Venetta Coleman, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan

Tinaz Pavri, Ph.D.
Division Chair for Social Sciences and Education, Founding Director of Asian Studies Program, Professor of Political Science

Kathleen Phillips Lewis, Ph.D. 
Division Chair for the Humanities, Chair of History, Associate Professor of History