Corporate Education in Chicagoland & Online

Professionals who are pursuing a degree at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management further benefit from the Leadership MBA curriculum by earning Graduate Certificates in leadership, derived from the core courses in the MBA program. With LFGSM’s signature “learn it today, use it tomorrow” approach to business education, graduate certificate students become effective leaders from day one.

Students can earn any one of the following three graduate certificates in leadership in a year.


This series of four core courses helps students develop the skills needed to increase leadership effectiveness. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to guide and facilitate constructive strategic change.

Course 1: LDR 5120 Effective Leadership
Course 2: COM 5330 Organizational Communication
Course 3: STR 5130 Strategic Thinking
Course 4: LDR 5220 Leading Organizational Change

At the completion of the Change Management Certificate, students will be able to: 

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences using the most appropriate and effective tool
  • Articulate the business case for change
  • Gain personal insight from an analysis of their personal leadership style relative to change
  • Evaluate how culture impacts and drives change in a global environment
  • Apply change leadership principles to create and lead a successful change initiative that enhances organization excellence and maximizes value


This series of four core courses helps students structure an approach to gathering, understanding, and interpreting data in various functional business areas, such as accounting and finance. Students will also learn key economic concepts that are critical to managerial decision-making within today’s business environment.

Course 1: ACC 5110 Accounting for Decision Making
Course 2: DAT 5140 Business Analytics and Research 
Course 3: ECO 5170 Economics for Managers
Course 4: FIN 5190 Financial Management

At the completion of the Management Analytics Certificate, students will be able to: 

  • Manage the process of identifying, developing, analyzing and challenging data gathered both internally and externally to make sound business decisions
  • Communicate quantitative data confidently
  • Use performance measurement (accounting) tools to communicate timely and relevant business progress to key stakeholders
  • Apply economic value creation concepts to business decisions by understanding its drivers, dynamic relationships, the importance of “what if” analysis, and the need for trade-offs
  • Analyze the major components of financial strategy: marketing environment, forecasting needed funds, sources of funds, cost of capital, and appropriate capital structure
  • Understand and evaluate how economic issues influence business opportunities and decision making


This series of four core courses helps students develop and implement strategy and initiate strategically aligned innovation. Students will gain tools to construct an effective marketing strategy based on competitive advantage, and understand and implement the decisions necessary to optimize operational business processes.

Course 1: BUS 5160 Global Business and Cultural Diversity
Course 2: STR 5200 Innovation and Risk
Course 3: MKT 5210 Marketing
Course 4: MGT 5230 Operations Management

At the completion of the Strategy and Execution Certificate, students will be able to: 

  • Create and apply organizational strategy
  • Understand and evaluate the core functions of the organization
  • Evaluate and respond to risk, internally and externally, to address organizational initiatives and to remain competitive
  • Understand and apply innovation processes

Qualified certificate students who complete the full admissions process can go on to earn an MBA degree by completing the above three certificates, the capstone course, and three electives. Contact Us for more information about our Graduate Certificate in Leadership.