The Leadership Endorsement is a credentialing program that provides students at Ohio University with the opportunity to learn about the leadership areas, build eight skills employers seek, reflect on personal growth, and prepare to articulate skill areas to employers and graduate or professional schools. Sometimes called soft or transferable skills, these are the skill sets that are useful in any workplace and are highly desired by employers. These types of skills are critical for success in all industries. Completing activities and reflections associated with skill areas requires analysis about experiences that developed personal skill areas. This program’s combination of reflection and future thinking will help you analyze growth in a skill area and where you hope to grow while achieving your goals as a leader.
There are eight skills in the Leadership Endorsement program: self-awareness, team development, interpersonal communication, intercultural competency, innovation, adaptability, problem solving, and well-being. These eight skills are consistent with what employers nationally report seeking from graduates.
Through the Leadership Endorsement program, you will earn a digital badge upon completion of quizzes, reflections, and activities for different skill areas based on the fundamentals of learning, acting, and leading across the skill areas. Your earned badge is a way to demonstrate a quantified skill set in a portable, consistent, and identifiable way.
The program begins with the Foundations of Leadership Badge. This badge is achieved upon completion of the overview course for the eight skill areas. Following the completion of the introductory course, students are then encouraged to go on to achieve badges for each skill area. In order to complete the individual skill badges, students must provide evidence and demonstrate how they have utilized the skill in an activity or program. In order to receive the Leadership Endorsement (the culminating certificate), students must complete a mock interview with a career coach in the Career & Leadership Development Center. The interview will require students to articulate their knowledge of the eight skill areas and how they have demonstrated leadership of these skills.
Once you complete the Foundations of Leadership Badge, all eight individual skill badges, and a mock interview, you earn the Leadership Endorsement. The Leadership Endorsement will be available as a visual graphic for you to use professionally to demonstrate your mastery of all eight leadership skill areas.
If you have any questions, email LeadershipEndorsement@ohio.edu.