Certificate in Foundational Leadership

 "All these tools that we are adding to our leadership bag are helping us to become more and more effective at becoming good leaders." - Rob Wiese, Architect, Integrus Architecture; Class of 2018

At Gonzaga University, our mission is to develop individuals for "lives of leadership and service to the common good." This is not limited to undergraduates between the ages of 18 and 24; rather, it extends to all adult learners who desire more meaning, wisdom and confidence in their professional roles.

That's where the Certificate in Foundational Leadership (CFL) comes in. Formerly known as the Emerging Leaders Program, this 10-month individual leadership program is designed to accelerate your leadership effectiveness. It's all about personal impact. Unlike some leadership programs that are canned or delivered to large numbers of people, CFL is designed for a small cohort of high-potential professional leaders from numerous organizations and industries, and is adapted each year to meet the needs of those individuals. Now in its 12th year, the program has over 100 alumni employed at dozens of companies across the Inland Northwest. Its three-part model, which reflects best practices in leadership development, is based on the following:

  • Practical Learning. In-person interaction occurs during an overnight retreat in October and seven (7) monthly, day-long sessions during which students learn from experts and practice their skills. Speakers and instructors are drawn from organizations, with applicable, relevant skills in their subject areas. Monthly sessions include executive guests, who share leadership insights, stories, and present a leadership case study with which the students must grapple. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply their learning every month through practical assignments in their workplace.

  • Assessments. Students participate in thorough, highly-validated assessments, such as a Checkpoint360 review and an Emotional Intelligence Profile, including individual debriefs.

  • Mentorship. Students are paired with an external mentor - a seasoned leader in the community - whom they meet with monthly from November to May. 

The CFL is ideal for the following individuals:

  • Those who are in a supervisory role for the first time.

  • Those who are not in a supervisory role yet, but are being groomed for an elevated position.

  • Those who have been in a supervisory or leadership role for several years and are seeking new insights and inspiration.

Interested? Click here for program details!





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Gonzaga University's Certificate in Foundational Leadership gives high-potential employees the chance to stretch their skills, making them an even more valuable asset to their companies.

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