Leader Development Program

Price: $2,780.00


PowerED™ by Athabasca University has partnered with Boise State University Professional and Continuing Education to develop leaders digitally through BSU’s Leader Development Program.

The foundational belief of the LDP is that we lead best when we serve first. Join over 18,000 leaders from leading global organizations who have developed their leadership abilities through the LDP’s flexible, experiential, and competency-driven program.

Develop the leadership qualities and competencies that people will trust, collaborate with and follow. Discover how to create an environment that brings out the best in your team or organization with proven processes that foster a progressive work culture.

Certificate Requirements

The four courses in the LDP include:

Leading Self

There is a direct correlation between one’s ability to self-manage and effectiveness as a leader.

In this course, learners will examine the five core values of self-management: managing authority with humility, communicating effectively, managing time with purpose, displaying and maintaining emotional health, and personal versatility. The course will include a discussion on what it means to lead, a discovery of the behaviors effective leaders exemplify, an opportunity for self-reflection and evaluation, and the challenge to create a plan for developing the leader within.

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Leading Others

People respond to leadership when their purpose is made clear, their talents are used, their efforts are recognized, their accomplishments are rewarded, and their leader cares.
In this course, learners will examine the four essentials of leading others: creating a climate of trust where people thrive, discovering and developing the skills and talents of individuals, building team cohesiveness and productivity, and helping that team fulfill their purpose in the organization.

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Leading Processes

As a leader, you can quickly increase your team’s effectiveness and overall efficiency by using proven process tools.

In this course, learners will have the opportunity to learn and practice process improvement in the following areas: customer care, project management, decision-making, problem-solving, and delegation.

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Leading for Legacy

The measure of effective leadership is based on the lasting effects long after they are gone.

As a leader grows, he or she begins to experience a shift in scope. They begin to think about the long-term results of their leadership – will they leave things better than they found them? Are they investing in the lives of their employees to help them be more competent and successful? Are they making decisions and changes now that will have positive results after they leave?

In this course, learners will discover the five areas of leading for legacy; thinking and planning strategically, building alliances and relationships that produce win-win results, making ethical decisions that uphold and strengthen the core values of the organization, creating open and honest lines of communication with the people they report to, and initiating and driving meaningful changes.

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Earn a Master Badge

Enrich your leadership journey with PowerED™ and complete the Coach Approach for Leadership Development course to earn a Master Badge in Leadership and Coaching.

Essential Skills for Leaders


As leaders, we are never done learning! Once you complete the LDP, continue developing your skills with Athabasca University's Faculty of Business (AUFB).

AUFB will waive one course towards the Online Leadership Certificate of Completion or the Online Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Invest in yourself and earn university credit with this exciting laddering opportunity.

How It Works

Course Length
2 weeks

8-12 hours per week

Program Duration
3 months




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Featured Leaders

Paul Bentley

Paul Bentley is the former Director and Leadership Instructor for Boise State University’s Center for Professional Development (CPD). With over 20 years of leadership and management experience, Paul understands the challenges faced by leaders in private industry, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Program Highlights

  • Learners create a concrete leadership action plan for immediate application
  • Learners are provided concept cards covering the foundational elements of each course to continue to apply theories, concepts and tools on-the-job
  • Opportunity for collaboration, discussion and networking with fellow learners
  • Course materials are available 24/7

What You'll Learn

  • Develop the leadership qualities and competencies that people will trust, collaborate with, and follow
  • Create an environment where employees are being developed to be the best that they can be
  • Use proven processes to increase the organization’s ability to exceed customer expectations
  • Develop a competent and progressive work culture

Who Will Benefit

  • Individuals in formal or informal leadership roles
  • Individuals seeking to add value to their organizations through a new set of tools and practices
  • Teams seeking to build competitive advantages
  • Organizations driven to build a skilled and progressive workforce and culture

Certificate FAQs

Is this an instructor-led certificate?

The courses within this certificate are designed to be self-paced with all materials you need for successful completion contained within the learning platform. The certificate has been designed by subject matter experts and each course includes interviews with leading experts, aligned to the course outcomes. The certificate is an immersive experience that includes a mix of content including video introductions and video content, impactful readings, learning checks, and interactive elements – all which can be completed at your own pace.

How much time will I need to spend?

Each course is structured to be completed at your own pace over a two-week period. You will be spending approximately 8 – 12 hours of time per week on content. Should you need more time, the learning environment may be available for 90days to complete each course. You can complete all of the courses within 3 – 6 months to earn your certificate.

Do I have to be online at a certain time of day?

No, you do not have to be online at a specific time. You complete the coursework at the times and places that fits your schedule. Each course is designed for working professionals who are balancing their work, family and community commitments.

When do I start?

You can start your first course as soon as you register for the certificate! You will automatically be directed to the interactive learning environment.

How long will I have access to my courses?

You will have 90 days from the time of registration to complete each course. It is recommended to complete the course in two weeks.

What will I receive after I complete all of my courses?

You will receive a digital certificate of completion that is downloadable and printable. Digital badges are also awarded for specific achievements throughout the certificate.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds will be issued for the certificate. Refunds may be considered under exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please contact powered@athabascau.ca for more information.

Are there tests or quizzes involved?

There will be activities, assignments, and short quizzes within each course to ensure you understand the content. All quizzes are designed to be accessible and easy to complete by engaging in the content. Within each module, you will have the answers to each evaluation.

What are the computer requirements for this certificate?

You should have access to a Mac, PC, or tablet with an Internet connection, with Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox as a browser. Here is a link that outlines browser support:


For virtual sessions:

  • Speakers/headphones
  • Web camera and microphone

Learners that want to use their smart phone to access the courses can also download the D2L Pulse App for free to access the course available on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.d2l.brightspace.student.android&hl=en_CA

Or the Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/brightspace-pulse/id1001688546

Does this certificate have prerequisites?

This certificate does not have a required prerequisite.

Who do I contact if I need help?

You can contact powered@athabascau.ca for assistance with any questions you may have. We are here to help!

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Price: $2,780.00