L.E.A.D. Certificate

Leadership, Education, and Development

L.E.A.D. Certificate is a formal leadership development seminar focused on developing personal, group and community values. The seminar fosters leadership development through 10-weeks of classroom discussions aim to deepen self-awareness, build self-confidence, and establish interpersonal & cultural competence.

This unique opportunity allows students to work in teams to design a community project to address a social need in the community.

L.E.A.D. Certificate Overview
Component Total Purpose
Seminar 10-weeks Infused with leadership research and theory, you will become self-aware of beliefs, values, attitudes, and emotions that motivate you to take action.
Weekly Reflections 8 Submit weekly reflections to better understand ideas and concepts covered in the classroom.
StrengthsFinder Assessment 1 Clifton StrengthsFinder results give people a way to discuss and develop their unique combination of skills, talents, and knowledge — also known as strengths.
Community Project 1 Students will design and implement a resolution to a social issue in the community



Upon completing the program, you will earn a L.E.A.D Certificate promoting the competencies you have developed. This certificate will highlight your involvement on campus and overall leadership abilities.

Benefits of Completion:

  1. L.E.A.D. Certificate for your résumé and portfolio
  2. Gain practical and applicable knowledge that can lead to success and productivity on the job, at your internship, in your student organization, or in your community
  3. Develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership that includes an understanding of self, groups, and your community.
  4. Upon completion, students will receive a graduation cord


Students must be in good academic standing with the University. This program is intended for Junior – Graduate Students.

Class:  January 30th – April 10th, Wednesdays from 12 p.m.– 1:15 p.m.
Deadline to apply: January 20, 2019 

Apply via EngageSC 

For more information, e-mail: usclead@usc.edu