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Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership


Introduction to the Six Core Disciplines of Wright Integrative Learning in Transformational Coaching & Leadership (AC01, 1 credit)

In this foundational course, you will be introduced to the core disciplines of Wright Integrative Learning. This exciting introduction to the master’s and certificate programs at WGU will take you on a tour of the logistics, conceptual foundations, and methodological approach to maximizing human potential.

You will write your first paper showing your initial understanding of the WGU approach to personal and professional transformation by writing about how Wright Integrative Learning uses the theories and methodologies from its six core disciplines: Developmental, Adlerian, Human Potential, Existentialism, Educational Theory, and Neuroscience and Other Research.

This course is part of the orientation process, and introduces you to the basic concepts and theorists in each of these disciplines. It also provides you with an overview of how these theories and methodologies can be integrated to form a comprehensive approach to coaching and leading others to consciously engage in their own transformation as you engage in your own transformation.

No prerequisite.

Coaching & Leadership Approaches to Developing Personal Power (AC32, 6 credits)

The ability to influence others and get work done—in other words, personal power—is a key attribute of all human beings you will tap and develop in your coaching and leadership. This course helps you identify and understand the many varieties of personal power you already employ, as well as self-imposed blocks and limiting beliefs that prevent you as well as those you coach and lead from realizing full personal impact. You discover the relationship of authenticity and personal power.

Skills taught include identifying your personal power styles, learning different means of influencing and motivating others, and developing your social intelligence. An overview of developmental psychology and existential philosophy helps you understand the power of orienting to principles in any situation, including the power of orienting towards personal principles of truth and authenticity.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: AC01.

Transformational Leadership & Group Dynamics (AC72, 6 credits)

Leadership is the capacity of every individual to influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others. It is typically understood as the ability to effect and manage change in people and organizations. Through self-assessment, case studies, theoretical modeling, and analysis of personal laboratory experience, you dive into the world of thinkers on leadership as you study yourself and others in laboratory situations.

In this course, you make use of historical and emerging leadership principles and technologies to deepen your understanding of the leadership resources you have at your disposal. You learn the four components of transformational leadership and how transformational leadership differs from transactional leadership. You refine your personal leadership development aims as you explore how to be a more effective leader in every area of your life, and influence others to do the same.

You also study the models, mechanisms, and dynamics of groups and identify the conscious and unconscious behaviors that influence group functioning. After taking this course, you will never see group dynamics the same way again.

Co-rerequisite: PL05.


Performative Learning (PL) Trainings

All Performative Learning Trainings are non-credit bearing.

Please note that PL01 through PL04 includes:

  • A weekend training at the beginning of the quarter.
  • A weekly evening 1.5-hour class for 13 weeks.
  • A 45-minute coaching session biweekly.
  • Weekly online written check-ins demonstrating what you learned and how you grew.

Year of More: Nourishment & Self Care Quarter (PL01, 0 credits)

Required for AC12, Foundations of Human Development & Emotional Intelligence for Coaching & Leadership. In this PL you learn and undertake weekly assignments to further develop your emotional intelligence––identifying your emotions, understanding their role in effective functioning and personal and professional satisfaction and success, experimenting with emotional expression, being in the moment, and developing skills of emotional regulation and facility.

No prerequisite.

Year of More: Robust Relationships Quarter (PL02, 0 credits)

Required for AC22, Foundations of Human Relationships for Coaching & Leadership. In this PL you explore the impact of your family relationships on your relationships in the rest of your life, your work, and with those you coach and lead. You diagram your family tree and identify your family limiting beliefs and family member roles and special circumstances in order to identify behavioral patterns as they were laid down neurologically in your earliest years.

You learn the neuroscience related to your early experiences in your family system, identify the impact of these early experiences in your life today, and develop a future vision for your relationships. You identify skills for more genuine relationships; understand how early family beliefs, norms, and patterns developed and influence current relationships; identify unconscious beliefs that drive daily actions; gain greater choice to live your own values; and be more responsible in communication.

No prerequisite.

Year of More: Personal Power Quarter (PL03, 0 credits)

In this PL you study forms of personal power and develop strategies to enhance your use of your personal power. You use your enhanced skills to overcome barriers, take more risks, and develop new ways to understand and apply the principle of intention. You understand and apply the law of requisite variety, develop more connected relationships, and take greater personal responsibility in work and other areas.

You learn, practice, and apply different skills of personal power each week in your personal and professional life and in your coaching and leadership.

No prerequisite.

Year of More: Purposeful Living & Leadership Quarter (PL04, 0 credits)

In this PL you practice living with the principles of purpose, learn about the qualities of purposeful living, and begin to identify your own life purpose. You further challenge disempowering and limiting child- hood beliefs, choose empowering beliefs and principles to live by, and find ways to experience every interac- tion as growthful.

You learn about developmental models of personal development and apply these as a map to guide your spiritual development in ways that can apply to believers of all faiths. You learn and practice the skills of principle based leadership and coaching.

No prerequisite.

Group Process Training (PL05, 0 credits)

Required for AC72, Transformational Leadership & Group Dynamics. This PL introduces you to group process in a group experience. You analyze the experience, get feedback, and apply academic and theoretical perspectives to your experience. You apply the analytic and intervention skills you learn to groups you attend, wherever you are. You develop a foundation to continue to become increasingly aware of group dynamics and how to intervene in groups to better achieve your and your groups’ objectives.

You learn to identify formal and informal group decision processes and identify who makes decisions, who influences those decisions, and how they do it. You develop foundations for insight into who aligns with whom to control how groups interact, how groups break down, and how conflict is managed. You learn foundational skills to enhance group functioning, facilitate enhanced participation, and empower participants in the groups you lead or belong.

Prerequisites: PL01, PL02, PL03, PL04, or Instructor Permission.

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