CT16L4 Leadership Development in Community Resilience

Our education and professional experiences focus on technical, how to do it, skills. So, we progress from doer to manager to leader, primarily based on our technical competencies. This model of promotion has been in use for decades, but it is now obsolete. Few of us intentionally learn soft skills along the way, finding ourselves a bit overwhelmed when asked to work in complex teams or to assume a managerial or leadership role.

Employers have recognized the value of personality type, adaptability and flexibility in responding to change, emotional intelligence, trust, psychological safety, conflict management and the ability to manage time, stress and energy to meet organizational needs. None of these are technical skills. They are the soft skills, probably the most difficult skills to assess and learn – but critical to professional, and life, success. In fact, they are now being renamed Power Skills. Do you have what you need to succeed?

This certificate offers an extraordinary opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself to assess your current level of soft skills, clearly define your core self, and build soft skills which are essential to professional, not to mention life, success.

In this certificate program, you will consider what makes a positive workplace where people can do their best; assess who you are now and set goals for who you’d like to become, emotions and emotional intelligence, strengths, personality type, and values-based decision-making, a key to critical thinking. In the second certificate in this series, you will have the opportunity to consider time/stress/energy management, thinking style, psychological capital, approach to change, conflict styles and methods, and communication styles and methods. Make the commitment now to invest in your personal and professional development.

Become the person you are meant to be. Become the person ready to take the next step with all the right power skills.

How will this happen? An APPLE a day…The courses in this certificate use the APPLE model to help you become your best self.

  • Assess: You will start with validated self-assessments and explore benchmarked reports prepared just for you
  • Plan: You will sent personal development goals in SMART goal format
  • Prepare: You will prioritize your goals and get ready to learn how to make change, using solid scientific research made practical
  • Learn: You will develop your specific action plan and try out the change you want to make. Change is iterative so you’ll learn how to make false starts and initial failures learning points.
  • Execute: You will realize your SMART goals and bring new soft skills to your work and life. And, you’ll have developed the skills to continue your self-development long after the course.

Key Program Content:

  • Happiness at work — modeling a great workplace
  • Impact of Soft Skills, and the New Power Skills
  • Current management skills assessment
  • Being your best self through intentional change (APPLE Framework)
  • Self-Awareness as a Foundation
  • Personality type and how to use It
  • Emotions and Emotional Intelligence
  • Strengths-based management
  • Values-based decision-making: Personal Values and Vision Statement
  • Intelligent Disobedience: how to help your organization to well

Course Information

Estimated Time: 50 to 80 hours

Difficulty: (4) Intermediate


Course Instructor

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RSD Course Versions

The pre-alpha version of a lesson is one that has not been peer reviewed yet — however, don’t worry, pre-alpha is good enough to be live! The alpha version is an early version of a peer reviewed lesson that is part of a dedicated evaluation process. The beta version includes almost all of the final content, videos, etc. yet it may still need to be tweaked somewhat.

The reason for making the pre-alpha version live is that we are actively engaging with our ‘early adopter’ crowdfunding students and contributors so that we can build the best course possible. The completed alpha versions of the entire course will be live from the 1st March 2024.

The beta versions will hopefully be released by 1st August 2024. The ‘completed & refined’ release of the RSD Course (English) should be available at the end of 2024. The course will then be translated into other languages — around 10 languages at first, and then more according to demand.