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Operational Leadership

Undergraduate Certificate in Operational Leadership

Program Description

The Operational Leadership Certificate is designed for individuals interested in developing leadership strategies to assist their organizations with the multiple challenges of leading in today’s global society. Learners are introduced to leadership strategies in the areas of multi-cultural relationships, negotiating and forecasting. Successful completion of the Operational Leadership Certificate prepares the learner to take a proactive role in strategic leadership and decision making.

Admission Requirements

Anyone interested in completing the Certificate in Operational Leadership may complete a Southwestern College Professional Studies Application for Admission. The five courses comprising the Operational Leadership Certificate can be completed in eight months or less with no prerequisites.

Individuals completing the Operational Leadership Certificate at Southwestern College may apply these 15 credit hours earned toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Strategic Leadership or they can be applied as electives in other bachelor degrees offered by Southwestern College Professional Studies.

The Operational Leadership Certificate is offered in an Online format. Courses are delivered in six-week sessions to allow maximum flexibility for busy professionals.

Core Major Requirements

STL 307: Leadership Theories and Practical Applications

This course is an introduction to various leadership theories and models. Learners will evaluate and apply leadership theories to practical real work situations.

OMGT320: Managing Group Dynamics

Learners in this course will examine individual and group behavior within the context of the organizational design and culture. Learners gain theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding topics such as motivation, leadership, management decision‐making, group process, and conflict resolution.

STL 410: Negotiation Skills

This course helps learners develop the tactics, strategies, and interpersonal skills necessary for today’s complex organizations. Learners are also introduced to strategies for conflict management and the technique of dispute resolution. The process of mediation, facilitation and negotiation will be reviewed as well.

STL 420: Forecasting and Leading Change

The course is designed to enable learners to use market trends and societal changes to forecast changes. Topics that include demographic changes, market trends, national income, and societal shifts to effectively forecast future changes by using forecasting techniques will also be covered.

STL 430: Multi‐Cultural Perspectives and Global Trends

This course includes the study of leadership implications surrounding political, social, economic and other world views. Learners will also explore how global events effect decision making and strategic goals.