education and events

Emerging Leaders Track

Today's organizational leaders are one part manager, one part HR professional. This certificate program will teach you how to elevate into a true leader instead of simply a manager. Find out what your leadership style is and how to develop the interpersonal skills needed to take charge. Knowing that will allow you to not only create a high-performing team but manage it to its fullest potential as well. Learn how to manage your time, make clear, decisive decisions for the betterment of your organization, and how to communicate those decisions to upper management.

Cost: $2,500


After completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email and credentials to log in to the eCornell platform where you will take the course.



Each session is at the learner's own pace within a two-week time period. In addition, there will be two live virtual sessions with the faculty in the middle and at the end of the program.

  • Session 1: January 9 - 22
  • Session 2: January 30 - February 12
  • Virtual LIVE Session: February 15
  • Session 3: February 27 - March 12
  • Session 4: March 27 - April 9
  • Closing Virtual LIVE Session: April 12

Key Takeaways

  • Know the difference between leadership and management and devise a strategy for overcoming new leadership challenges
  • Create a strategy to create a high-functioning team
  • Apply leverage points for enabling the team to take ownership for its own success and shift leadership role as the team assumes greater responsibility
  • Assemble the different dimensions of interpersonal communications and apply them to difficult conversations
  • Establish standards for productivity, processes, quality, conduct, and timeliness
  • Set appropriate performance goals with individual employees and create an effective system of accountability
  • Determine current workforce needs with an eye to future changes and skills that might be needed
  • Develop a hiring plan that maximizes your likelihood of a good hire and communicate effectively with job candidates
  • Create a workplace atmosphere that reduces the occurrence of behavior issues and learn how to resolve issues as they arise


Poppy McLeod is Professor of the Department of Communication at Cornell University. She earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University. Prior to joining the Communication faculty at Cornell, Professor McLeod taught in the Business Schools of Case Western Reserve University, University of Iowa and University of Michigan. Learn more about Professor McLeod here.


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