Certificate in Leadership | NIGP

Certificate in Leadership

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ONLINE: Certificate in Leadership: Member Rate $179.00
ONLINE: Certificate in Leadership: Non-Member Rate $229.00
Instructor: Online Learning
Level: Foundation


What is leadership and why is it important? How does a leader encourage change without triggering fearful resistance? What are the key elements to leading an effective team? What is the role of charisma in leadership? How can a leader achieve work-life balance? This suite of courses addresses all of these questions and many more.

Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, the courses in this suite offer advice on leadership that can help you stand out as a leader among your peers. Video segments introduce Dr. Mills and other leaders who discuss such issues as how leaders become leaders, leadership ethics, and the differences between leaders, managers, and administrators.

Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that will engage you and help you consider how your own attitudes toward leadership might promote or impede your leadership success. 


  • See objectives for each individual course below.   
  • Download a printable certificate of completion for this online course suite  

Intended Audience

This course is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  

Delivery Formats Available


Contact Hours






Designed for public procurement professionals who are new to the profession or have 1-5 of experience.

120 Days
Access Period

Courses included in this Suite


Courses included in this Suite

  • Introduction to Leadership

    This course examines how to be a successful (that is, effective) leader. Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course asks the crucial questions about leadership in today's organizations: What is leadership and why is it important? What does effective leadership require? What is visionary leadership? What is the role of charisma? What is the difference between managing, administering, and leading?

    After completing this course, the student should be able to:

    • Define leadership and explain its importance
    • Discuss some of the better-known leadership theories (Fiedler's contingency theory; Path-goal theory; Vroom-Yetton-Jago theory)
    • Distinguish leadership from management and administration
    • Explain the role of ethics in leadership
    • Discuss the positives and negatives surrounding charismatic leadership
    • Recognize the importance of training, learning, and role-playing in leadership
    • Discuss the seven bases for leadership
    • Explain why formal authority alone does not guarantee leadership
    • Discuss the nine key qualities for leadership
    • Identify the five central skills needed for effective leadership and explain ways to strengthen or develop those skills in a leader 
  • Leading and Managing Change

    Whether adopting new technology or adapting to a drastic shift in an organization's core focus, managers play a fundamental role in effecting changes. Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course addresses the key issues managers face in a dynamic environment. By understanding the steps in effecting change and how to overcome resistance, a manager can successfully lead change at various levels of an organization.

    After completing this course, the student should be able to:

    • Discuss organizational change and the forms it can take
    • Describe Kotter's Eight Step Process recommended for implementing change successfully
    • Outline Lewin's model of change and discuss its limitations
    • Identify the factors a leader or manager can employ to promote change
    • Discuss the underpinnings of resistance to change and how to overcome it
    • Describe the five-step ADKAR model for change management
    • Discuss the three steps of the Cisco Change Roadmap
    • Understand strategic change and mastering a changing environment
  • Leaders and Work-Life Balance

    This course addresses the question of work-life balance, one which is of great importance to leaders in all settings. Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course looks at methods and techniques to reconcile work and family. You will also consider the question of personal fulfillment and the needs and demands of leadership.

    After completing this course, the student should be able to:

    • Identify the major sources of work-life balance conflict
    • Discuss the myths about work-life balance - including the "make time later," division of labor, and "quality time" myths
    • Identify strategies to achieve balance, including balancing by week, over a year, and via a short career
    • Recognize ways to maintain work-life balance
    • Examine what defines personal fulfillment
    • Identify those significant elements that play a role in a leader's life
    • Identify nine ways of viewing life's choices
    • Develop and complete a Personal Work-Life Balance Plan
  • Leading Teams

    This course addresses the key issues surrounding leadership in a team. Why is it important? What does it require for a team leader to lead his team effectively? Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course considers how team leaders must account for the special and unique circumstances of working in a team, where responsibility, accountability, communication, and leadership are shared. 

    After completing this course, the student should be able to:

    • List and identify the key characteristics and types of teams
    • Recognize the benefits and challenges of empowered teams that leaders need to be aware of
    • Identify differences in the primary and secondary roles filled by empowered teams and team leaders
    • Recognize the key sources of motivation for empowered teams
    • Explain Tuckman's model of team development
    • Recognize the key qualities and skills of a team leader
    • State the value of using the "checklist for team leaders"
    • Recognize and apply suggested approaches for managing conflict in teams
    • Discuss the different approaches needed for leading virtual teams

Available in the following delivery format


This format is 100% self-paced and designed for those who want complete control of their schedule and learning timelines.

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete, learners must:

  • Complete all course modules.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Students must complete the course series within 120 days to receive credit.