Program Features


The Certificate begins with the completion of a '360 review' involving feedback from your supervisor, subordinates, and peers, which will identify your strengths and growth areas. At the same time, you will also complete a thorough personality assessment called the ProfileXTSelect, which helps you understand how you are wired. Later, in December, you will complete an Emotional Intelligence profile that highlights your internal response to stress and how you interpret situations.

Practical Learning

The cohort convenes one Friday per month from November to May to learn and practice leadership skills. In the case that COVID-19 continues to limit travel or in-person events, live, virtual classes will be used. Facilitators and speakers are carefully selected from Gonzaga's network of subject matter experts/practitioners. Class sessions include CEO case studies and practical strategies in these focus areas:

  • Principles of Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Courageous Communication
  • Employee Engagement
  • Influencing Others
  • Organizational Change Management


Based on your personality, professional development areas, and field, you will be matched with a seasoned and respected leader whose career has included high performance expectations. The expectation is that you meet with your mentor once a month for 1-2 hours from November to May. 


After each monthly session, you will be expected to complete a practical assignment that requires you to put your new learning into action at your organization or within a board that you sit on. Assignments will be submitted via Blackboard, and will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. These assignments may require approximately 2-5 hours of work per month, depending on the assignment and the topic.

Learning Outcomes

  • Increase knowledge, understanding, and skills related to professional leadership styles.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of team development and leading teams.
  • Increase knowledge in working with people of diverse identities, philosophies, approaches, strengths, and limitations.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Engage in a professional mentoring relationship. 

Gonzaga University Credit

Completion of the Certificate in Foundational Leadership is on a Pass/Fail basis. In addition to receiving the Certificate, students will receive  seven (7) credits of Continuing Education credits, which can count as three (3) credits towards the completion of Gonzaga University's Master's in Organizational Leadership or Master's in Communication & Leadership.

2020-2021 PROGRAM FEE: $6,900.

Fee is payable in one lump sum, or in two payments. This includes all assessments, program materials, food, etc. Participants will need to purchase 1-2 books during the program. 

We offer scholarships of 30% off tuition to anyone employed by a government agency, public sector agency, or 501c3 non-profit (including non-profit educational institutions).

Applications for the fall cohort are reviewed beginning May 1st of each year. Payment is not required at the time of application. Bills will be issued to participants after registration is complete, and are due by August 10th.

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