University of Wisconsin–Madison

Certificate of Leadership Competency

Fully Prepared to Lead offers a Certificate of Leadership Competency for participants to pursue. If you are interested in earning the certificate, you must sign and submit the Declaration of Commitment. Signing the declaration and tracking your certificate progress early in your Fully Prepared to Lead journey will help you get through the program faster by ensuring you are fulfilling the requirements. Submitting the declaration also lets the Program Manager know of your intent so they can better answer your questions and help track your progress throughout the program.

Download the Declaration of Commitment

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Theresa Kim

Requirements for earning the certificate

  1. Submit Declaration of Intent to earn certificate (work to be completed within 24 months).
  2. Attend and track Fully Prepared to Lead coursework.
    • Must take at least 1 course from each competency
    • Must complete at least 10 courses (can take more if desired)
  3. Attend and track Thrive@UW and/or Inclusion@UW coursework.
    • Must attend Thrive@UW Active Listening to Support Effective Communication
    • Must attend Thrive@UW Understanding Your Experiences and Identities
    • Must complete at least 4 additional courses from the choices listed on the Certificate Tracker
  4. Attend an elective course(s) that totals at least 3 hours of class time. Ideas include:
  5. Complete and submit Professional Development Planning Self-Study Packet.
  6. Meet for 2 coaching conversations with Program Manager.
    • First conversation to occur within 3 months of declaring intent
    • Second conversation to occur within 3 months of final Capstone Presentation
  7. Meet for 2 coaching conversations with Manager/Supervisor.
    • Conversations can be in alignment with regularly scheduled Performance Management conversations
  8. Prepare for and participate in Capstone Conversation.

Capstone Conversation

After you have completed the coursework, you will be invited to participate in a Capstone Conversation. The conversations that you have had throughout the courses have likely enriched your learning experience. We will culminate with one final conversation.

You will be in conversation with two or three other people who have also completed the coursework. Facilitators from the program will be invited to attend. You will be asked to prepare responses to the following questions/prompts:

  • How do you define leadership?
  • Share a brief story that demonstrates how your personal leadership style has evolved. (Keep in mind that sometimes “small” things have large impacts).
  • Reflecting on the FP2L program, what are some of the top themes that you either learned or were reminded of? (Such as Circle of Control or Active Listening skills).
  • Going forward, how can you influence creating a Healthy, Inclusive, and Engaging work environment?

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