Executive Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership

Focus on enhancing your knowledge of global trends for social sector leaders, and various leadership techniques to succeed and lead on a global scale.

The development of leaders in the social sector is even more important today because it enables an organization to continue to fulfill the social needs of people and lead to overall social development. This specialized online certificate in social sector leadership will focus on enhancing the knowledge of participants on global trends in the social sector, and various leadership techniques to succeed and lead on a global scale. Thunderbird Online's Executive Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership will empower you with the skills necessary to become a successful global leader in the social sector.



Real-World Benefits

  • Focus on understanding global trends that are transforming the social sector.
  • Further recognize the challenges that leaders face every day in our ever-changing global environment by examining unique challenges encountered by social sector leaders.
  • Develop a recognition of leader’s roles in today’s uncertain times, including: sensemaking, visioning, relating, and inventing.
  • Focus on what it means to apply your vision, and evaluate your strategy of how to build a team commitment to your organization’s global vision.
  • Develop a firm understanding of the behaviors of successful Level 5 Leaders, and see how to achieve this level of outstanding leadership for yourself to enhance your leadership strengths.
  • Enhance your understanding of how to retain the balance between your team’s strengths and weaknesses to enhance cooperation.
  • Understand leader level learning, and how to communicate “total leadership” to your team and colleagues by utilizing your key strengths.
  • Strengthen your employees by leading beyond bad behavior.
  • Learn how to understand your team’s strengths and weaknesses, and lead individuals based on their areas of strength.
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To receive your Executive Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership, you must register for and complete each of the following three online courses:


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To earn the Executive Certificate or individual "Certificates of Completion," participants are required to:

  • Participate in weekly facilitated discussion forums
  • Complete the End-of-Course Assessment with a score of 80% or higher
  • Complete the End-of-Course Survey



Thunderbird Online's Executive Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership is designed specifically for social and voluntary sector leaders who seek to develop their leadership skills to continue to fulfill the social needs of people and overall social development while continuing to improve upon effective leadership strengths.


Who Should Enroll?

  • Working Social Sector Professionals – Improve your marketability in today's global marketplace.
  • Experienced Executives – Gain expertise in a global business focus area.
  • Post MBA – Focus on a specific business area to enhance your global knowledge.

The Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership is led by Thunderbird Professor Mary Teagarden, Ph.D., Professor of Global Strategy at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mary Teagarden, Ph.D., is a world-renowned thought leader and educator in the areas of global strategic management and strategic human resource management. She is recognized and sought after in academic, corporate and government sectors for her teaching, executive training and consulting. She has published more than 70 articles, book chapters, and case studies in the area of strategic management and her current research projects focus on business dynamics in the Asian Pacific Rim, Latin America and emerging market economies, including the People’s Republic of China and India and developing leaders' Global Mindsets.The certificate is also led by Thunderbird Professor Christine Pearson, Ph.D., Professor of Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management, who has built a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost authorities on the role of strategic preparation in heading off workplace crises. She has studied and developed causation theories and solutions to problems due to incivility and aggression in the workplace. Dr. Pearson is also the co-author of "The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It" which makes a business case for workplace civility. A business professional with more than 20 years experience and faculty appointments in Europe, Asia and South America, Dr. Pearson is highly sought for her expertise by both the academic and business sectors.
Your Thunderbird Online Executive Certificate courses include:

  • All online study materials
  • Access to the Thunderbird learning environment
  • Certificate at the completion of your course and/or Thunderbird Executive Certificate
  • Exclusive Thunderbird Online certificate badge to display on your LinkedIn profile, resume, and e-mail signature


Single Program Fee: $1,980
Three-Course Certificate Track: $4,752
(a 20% savings)

The continuing education unit (CEU) is a recognized method of quantifying participation in an organized continuing education experience under qualified instruction. One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours of time spent in such an educational experience. The main purpose of CEUs is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed non-credit educational and career enhancement activities.

Each participant receives 1.5 CEUs per online course completed, equating to 4.5 CEUs for the entire online executive certificate program.

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