Darden Certificate in Leadership & Management

Certificate in Leadership & Management

Darden's noncredit leadership & management certificate exposes current and developing leaders to a broad field of management specialties and leadership capabilities, transforming professionals into executives capable of leading from the inside out.

Professionals can earn their noncredit certificate by completing four Executive Education programs over a seven-year period. While similar in length and proximity to business practice, programs vary by topic material, offering participants the chance to tailor their curriculum to their purpose.

Two of our other noncredit certificates also count toward the Certificate in Leadership & Management:

Not sure which programs will best fit your needs? Our Lifelong Learning team is here for you — to help you evaluate and compare programs, and build the best learning journey to meet your goals.

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Upcoming Programs

Live Virtual Live Virtual Online Online In person In-Person


In person Leading Teams for Growth and Change
5–9 June 2023 -or- 25–29 September 2023
Online Collaboration and Influence
7 August–8 September 2023
In person Strategic Negotiation
18–22 September 2023
In person Managing Individual and Organizational Change
2–5 October 2023
In person Women in Leadership Program
23–27 October 2023
In person Strategic Data Analytics for Competitive Advantage
7–10 November 2023
In person Financial Management for Non-Financial Executives
25 February–1 March 2024
In person Effective Decision Making
11–14 March 2024
Live Virtual Leading Mindfully
1–24 April 2024
In person Servant Leadership: Leading With Humanity
6–10 May 2024

I have taken six courses at Darden and they have all been extremely well taught, interesting and immediately applicable to my job as a manager and a leader.

Ben Lord
Construction Executive, Clark Construction

What You'll Get

  • Your Benefit
    Certificate in Leadership & Management

    Whether you're addressing a specific management competency or taking a total revamp to your leadership approach, you'll complete your certificate not just with the skills and perspectives you hoped to obtain, but others you never knew you could. Soaking up career-long lessons from both colleagues and Darden's top-ranked faculty, you'll address blind spots and heighten your professional credentials — all while multiplying your network.

  • Your Organization's Benefit

    Whether you're an employee or an employer, your organization will benefit from a targeted leadership and management track customizable to industries and specific areas of development. Future leaders get a first-hand account of the demands of responsible leadership, while current managers challenge conventions and whet their point of view through the perspectives of their peers. By investing in a few weeks of development, employees return to their positions with a renewed sense of purpose and the tools to affect change at the enterprise level.



Leading Mindfully

Learn evidence-based practices to effectively lead under pressure and build your team’s resilience with compassion and communication.

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Leading Teams for Growth and Change

Cultivate a healthy, collaborative culture, even while undergoing change. Features rowing with Olympian Dan Lyons.

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Managing Individual and Organizational Change

Drive and manage change with strategies drawn from behavioral psychology.

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Management Competencies, Finance & Banking

Financial Management for Non-Financial Executives

Gain financial acumen to make better business decisions. Learn to interpret financial reports, improve the bottom line and speak a common language with financial executives.

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Women in Leadership Program

Enhance your leadership and influence skills to create the change you need to succeed.

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Collaboration and Influence

Discover what motivates your organization's internal and external stakeholders to build trust, promote positive engagement, gain support for new ideas and ultimately drive long-term success and growth.

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Servant Leadership: Leading with Humanity

Develop the essential leadership skills necessary to lead with and through your team in a changing world.

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Strategy, Digital Transformation & Data Analytics

Strategic Data Analytics for Competitive Advantage

Harness the power of data analytics to surface opportunity, guide innovation and frame complex decisions.

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Management Competencies

Strategic Negotiation

Conduct and win negotiations that leave both sides satisfied. In this program, you'll practice live, face-to-face negotiations and learn strategies that apply in both personal and professional situations.

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Leadership, Management Competencies

Effective Decision Making

Make better decisions using the fundamentals of behavioral decision making and game theory in this interactive learning experience.

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Leading Diversity

Tackle your organization’s DEI challenges with Darden’s renowned DEI experts and industry leaders. Build your network with this first-of-its kind immersive program designed to support Chief Diversity Officers and anyone leading diversity initiatives.

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Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia
Darden School Foundation.