Become a Certified Leader

Leadership Certification

Complete the four courses listed below and you will earn the Foundational Leadership certification from Padraig. Certfication shows you take leadership seriously and have trained for the role.

The certificate includes a digitally signed certification which you can display online — on your LinkedIn profile or other social media profiles, in your email signature block, or whoever else you like.

Once you have completed the four courses (including those purchased and completed online and/or any you have taken with us through your employer) we will send you the certification.

At the bottom of this page we offer two ways to take the full program at a discount (“Bundled Savings” and “The Network”).

You can certainly also register for any individual course below — we offer them each at least twice per year.

Individual Courses

Flexible Leadership

So many managers and leaders are disappointed when they get promoted to the role.  They used to love their work and now, instead of doing that work, they spend their day managing others and solving problems for others. That doesn’t have to be the case.  Most of the time, it’s because you weren’t given good training to prepare you for the management role. Once you’ve learned how to figure out the people you’re managing and manage them in the way they best respond to, work can become good again.

Leading others effectively means moving from a one size fits all (“this is my leadership style”) approach to providing direction, motivation, and development in a way that aligns with each individual. The happiest, most successful, most confident managers and leaders notice the needs of their employees and flex their leadership style accordingly. That may seem daunting, but these are important skills that you will develop with this course. Learn more or register.


Teamwork Fundamentals

How do you and your peers work as a cohesive team, rather than silently in competition with each other, while also leading the team who report to you? This workshop helps you become a better teammate, whether a project team or a leadership team, and gives you the foundations to lead a team, by integrating the model from Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, into your work teams.

In the workshop you will assesses your own approach to teamwork, gain personalized insights on how you can more effectively work with others, and master critical behaviors and interpersonal skills needed to work effectively in a team.

This program empowers you to consider your approach to teamwork, shape new, more productive behaviors to increase productivity, and bring the language needed for good teamwork to the teams you are on.  It will completely redefine what it means to work together to build a culture of teamwork. Learn more or register.


Productive Conflict

Workplace conflict is inevitable.  It may not be visible but you’ve no-doubt experienced it.  It might be a feeling you have with a colleague, or some tension with a peer or someone whose role you have to interface with.  Perhaps you feel like someone has conflict with you but they’re not acknowledging it and you don’t know how to raise it — and it’s becoming a problem.

This program helps you improve self-awareness around conflict behaviours (your own, and others’) and learn how to deal with it. Rather than focus on a step-by-step process for conflict resolution, you’ll learn to curb destructive behaviours so that conflict can become more productive, ultimately improving workplace results and relationships.

This workshop helps you effectively respond to the uncomfortable and unavoidable challenges of workplace conflict. By focusing on self-awareness of destructive thoughts and behaviours, you’ll develop more productive responses. Learn more or register.


Agile Leadership

Do you find you react or respond on instinct a lot of the time? For example, when a challenge arises or a problem erupts, when an employee comes to you with this type of issue or that type of issue do you tend to react the same way each time? Do some things “push your buttons?” Do others take the energy right out of you? Agile leaders use emotional intelligence to adapt how they respond to situations they are facing. You’ll learn how to do that in this workshop.

Emotional Intelligence refers to how effectively and efficiently you can adapt to a social or emotional situation to solve the problem at hand—because an approach that works well in one situation won’t always work in the next. Agile leaders use emotional intelligence to adapt how they respond to situations they are facing. You’ll learn how to do that in this workshop.

This workshop teaches you to read the emotional and interpersonal needs of a situation and respond accordingly. You will discover an agile approach to workplace interactions and learn to navigate outside your comfort zone, empowering you to meet the demands of any situation. And you’ll learn the leadership skills to support and grow a thriving agile culture.

We recommend Agile Leadership as your starting point for building stronger emotional intelligence as a leader. The next level is available in our Emotionally Intelligent Leader program. Learn more or register.


Ways to take all 4 courses as a package:

Bundle for Savings

The Foundational Leadership Bundle

You may purchase each course individually (and if you’ve taken one of the courses with us previously through your employer, then it counts too). However, if you want to complete all four workshops and receive the certificate you can purchase this bundle with a discount of more than 10% off the price of individually purchasing the courses.

Learn more or register.

Our Peer Based Leadership Program

The Network

Launched in Autumn 2020, The Network is one of our two coach-led leadership peer programs. Three times per year we launch a new cohort where you and others at similar leadership levels work together, with a leadership coach, for one year. You have monthly meetings — some where you have a group coaching session for 90 minutes, some where you attend the foundational leadership courses listed above. As well, you get a private coaching session near the end of the program.

You not only become part of a network of leaders whom your rely on for advice, support and camaraderie (and they, you) but you also work with an executive coach AND at the end of it, you graduate with The Certificate in Foundational Leadership.

Learn more or register.