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Leadership Essentials

Technical Diploma

12 Credits | Less than 1 year

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.

Organizations need employees who can initiate change, make decisions and inspire teams. The Leadership Essentials technical diploma can be a huge factor in acquiring these types of skills. In fact, the top two skills desired by companies are in leadership and communication. This diploma will help you to meet their needs and you own professional and career goals.

Program Overview

A series of courses to assist you in developing the skills of current and future supervisors to lead today’s workforce, Leadership Essentials focuses on leading people within an organization toward strategic goals, through corporate changes, or in directing processes and procedures.

Program Outcomes

Leadership Essentials graduates will be able to:

  • Perform leadership functions to achieve organizational objectives
  • Facilitate effective employee relations
  • Select appropriate communication strategy to fit the situation
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Take two-courses a semester, one night a week for one year and supplement class time with online learning. Actually practice and perform the interpersonal aspects of dealing with and coaching our employees to create at high performing team.

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Designed for working adults.

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Build relationships.

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Improve interpersonal communication. 


After completing the diploma, you’ll be able to solve work-based problems, communicate steps to implement processes and procedures, articulate types of motivational strategies, manage organizational change, categorize your personal leadership style, apply tactics to develop productive work teams and practice conflict-resolving approaches. Classes classes are offered on all campuses  (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and outreach centers Balsam Lake, Hayward, Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, On Site or Your Choice.

Experienced Instructors

Northwood Tech is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. The experienced faculty are knowledgeable, approachable and eager to help. The sizes of your classes will allow for the attention you deserve.

Real-World Based

The curriculum centers on what actually happens in the world of business within the Northwood Tech region, as well as nationally and internationally.

Cutting Edge, Relevant Curriculum

Continuous networking with business professionals, employers and recent graduates keeps your courses up to date and applicable to your future career.  


The program is comprised of courses that prepare you to be a successful leader in any industry. 

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Featured Leadership Essentials Courses

| 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.
| 3 CR
In Leadership Development, the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to fulfill his/her role as a modern leader. Each learner will demonstrate the application of evaluating leadership effectiveness and organization requirements, individual and group motivation strategies, implementing mission and goals, ethical behavior, personal leadership style and adaptation, impacts of power, facilitating employee development, coaching, managing change, and effective conflict resolution.
| 3 CR
In Supervision, the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to perform the functions of a frontline leader. Each learner will demonstrate the application of strategies and transition to a contemporary supervisory role including day-to-day operations, analysis, delegation, controlling, staffing, leadership, problem solving, team skills, motivation, and training.

Leadership Essentials is Part of a Career Pathway

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

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Technical Diploma
12 Credits / Less than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Office Coordinator, Office Supervisor, Customer Service Specialist, Group Coordinator, Manufacturing Lead
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You can continue your education to obtain an associate degree in either of these programs.

Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Program Coordinator, Marketing and Communications Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Programs
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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
Range of Yearly Salary
$29,118 - $100,000
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Advance your skills with a bachelor's degree.

Leadership Development Transfer Options

UW-Stout | UW-Whitewater | UM Crookston | Bellevue University | Concordia University | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Milwaukee School of Engineering | Northland College+

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process for this program just complete the online application or contact Student Services. When completing an online application, select Leadership Essentials from the program of choice drop down list. That’s it!

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.

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Leadership Essentials

12 Credits | Less than 1 year


*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 Essentials Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Leadership Essentials technical diploma. 

Northwood Tech & UW-Stout Fast Track Cohort

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Complement a Northwood Tech technical diploma in Leadership Essentials within a Bachelor of Science in Management from UW-Stout.

Northwood Tech & UW-Stout have created a partnership to support continuous education pathways for working adults. Students may be able to complete their B.S. degree in little as seven intense semesters of study or select a life styled paced approach through a three to five-year plan of continued educational action. No matter the pace, the focus and flexibility of taking courses with Northwood Tech and/or UW-Stout blends current, relevant methodologies with application-oriented courses and actions.

The Northwood Tech Leadership Essentials Technical Diploma courses are documented as equivalencies for UW-Stout’s B.S. in Management courses. A student in Northwood Tech's Leadership Essentials or Leadership Development programs will have a jump start on completing the Stout B.S. in Management degree, and Stout B.S. in Management students earn Northwood Tech's Leadership Essentials Tech Diploma while earning their bachelor's degree.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain 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

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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