Leadership Development

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Leadership Development

Associate Degree

 60 Credits | 2 Years

Multiple Start Dates | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice or On Site instruction. Select courses are available at the Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Business Management

Interested in managing or leading within an organization? The Leadership Development degree is designed for people who are, or aspire to become a manager, supervisor or leader in the business and professional world. 

Program Overview

Leadership Development is designed for people who are, or aspire to become a manager, supervisor or leader in the business and professional world. The program provides you with the skills to deal with the everyday management processes of developing employees into high performing, cross-functional and interactive work teams.

Program Outcomes

Leadership Development graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize continuous improvement strategies to achieve performance excellence
  • Apply effective leadership skills
  • Support organizational human resource practices
  • Perform management functions to achieve organizational objectives

Program courses are current, relevant to today’s business challenges and students practice and apply management and leadership principles in real world situations. Course schedules are designed to meet your busy life! Northwood Tech incorporates new technology to stay connected and meet face to face throughout the course, during and outside of class. 


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Your way. Your time. 


The Leadership Development program addresses current and future trends of creating motivated, productive, collaborative and profitable business processes. Offered in an interactive and flexible formats, the coursework addresses current, relevant business improvement processes. Classes are offered on all campuses  (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior), Online and outreach centers Balsam Lake, Hayward, Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, Your Choice or On Site.

Relevant, Current Required Courses

Courses are taught by instructors who have worked in and stay current with the best business management processes.

Real-World Based

The required courses center on what actually happens in the world of business within our region, as well as nationally and internationally. 

Convenient Learning Options

The Leadership Development program offers an engaging, interactive learning environment with flexible options to accommodate your busy life.

Required Courses

Focused, interactive coursework that addresses the principles and practices of coaching, managing, leading, and supervising employees to be their personal and professional best.

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Featured Leadership Development Courses

| 3 CR
In Project Management, the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to design, implement, and evaluate formal projects. Each learner will demonstrate the application of the role of project management, developing a project proposal, use of relevant software, working with project teams, sequencing tasks, charting progress, dealing with variations, budgets and resources, implementation, and assessment.
| 1 CR
In Conflict Resolution and Confrontation Skills the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to deal with conflict and confrontation in the workplace. The learner will identify the major causes of conflict, develop a working plan of action to confront difficult situations, and establish guidelines for gaining resolution to difficult situations. The learner will build greater personal skill and confidence in their ability to deal with conflict in their personal and professional life.
| 3 CR
In Team Building and Problem Solving, the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to facilitate problem solving in a team environment. Each learner will demonstrate the application of the benefits and challenges of group work, necessary roles in a team, stages of team development, different approaches to problem solving, consensus, systematic process of problem definition, data acquisition, analysis, developing alternative solutions, solution implementation, evaluation, and documentation.

Leadership Development is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Leadership Development student at Northwood Tech, you can build credentials each step of the way!

You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
12 Credits / Less than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Office Coordinator, Office Supervisor, Customer Service Specialist, Group Coordinator, Team Lead
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Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Supervisor, Coach, Manager, Team Leader, Group Leader, Department Head, Mentor, Business Leader
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Continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Leadership Development

60 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Leadership Development Program

Upon completion of this program, you will earn a technical certificate in Supervisory Leadership, a technical diploma in Leadership Essentials and an associate degree in Leadership Development.

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Transfer Center

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Nicole Messicci

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Sherry Rehnelt

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Superior Admissions Contact

Anna Kalin

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