Leading EDGE Certificate Series

engage. discover. grow. empower.


  • Engage with peers and explore effective communication strategies
  • Discover critical skills for success
  • Gain valuable and relevant knowledge through practical exercises
  • Empower and transform your team

Designed to develop skills of extraordinary leadership that can be immediately applied, our Leading EDGE Series consists of 14 unique courses offered January to December. Discover how to build the mindset, skills, structure, and culture to transform your organization.

To qualify for the certificate, participants must complete a minimum of 44 hours consisting of 5 required courses and 6 elective courses (out of 9).


View our brochure here.

Topics in the series include:

  • Addressing Emotions at Work
  • Building Trust Under Pressure: The Basic Principles*
  • Communicating for Superior Teamwork: Managing Your Communication Style*
  • Communication Excellence: Managing Performance with DiSC*
  • Delegating for Shared Success
  • Fearless Facilitation—How to Lead Effectively
  • Giving Needs Based Feedback*
  • Leading Change at Every Level
  • Managing Your Priorities
  • Offering Rewards & Recognition
  • Realizing Talent in Others*
  • Resolving Conflict Within Your Team
  • Take Control—Reducing Email Stress and Overload
  • Time Mastery: Maximize Your Time

* denotes required class


What did our participants say?

"Participating in the Leadership Certificate Series has given our staff a common language to use in talking about management and leadership issues. It has also helped us appreciate different styles of communication, arrive at shared expectations and improve team work. We’ve seen improvements in how some of our managers communicate with their teams and with one another. We definitely feel like the insights our staff bring back from these classes are creating a positive and lasting influence our culture." —John Melchi

“Steve Welland did a great job explaining the materials provided for each individual course, while using examples and exercises to demonstrate how to implement each of the key actions.” —Wade Lagle, Operations Supervisor, Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District


“One of the tenets of servant leadership is that as leaders, we have the privilege to serve others. That philosophy is at the core of Leading EDGE. They’ve helped me to hone my skills and network with other like-minded servant leaders in our community.” —Lisa Cheely, Director of People Development, Christie Clinic


“My experience participating in the Parkland Leading EDGE Series has been nothing short of impactful. I have learned, and continue to learn, new things each class. The best part is the caliber of the content I am learning; every class highlights significant skills I can use not only professionally but in my personal life as well. These skills are ones I didn’t realize I was missing but are true game-changers, crucial to success regardless of your industry or job title. I am so grateful to have been offered this opportunity by my employer, and I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking to learn and develop new skills that will continue to benefit them far beyond the classroom.” —Sierra Smith Rose


"There is truly no substitute for the invaluable benefit of learning how to better relate to housemates, classmates, instructors, supervisors, and colleagues. Striving towards increasing one’s development of working effectively as part of a team will help increase the likelihood of both personal and professional success. Moving forward in my professional capacity, I am so happy that the Parkland Leadership Certification Series has afforded me the opportunity to better manage priorities, manage time, manage others, realize the talents in others, resolve conflicts, and delegate for shared success. I will definitely take more personal and professional development classes at Parkland." —Debra Robinson, Quality Assurance Manager, ESS Clean