RITx Professional Certificate in Leadership Essentials

Gain the critical skills needed to successfully lead teams.

Pursue the Program

What you will learn

Enhance and tailor written, verbal, and non-verbal communication to various workplace audiences, including managers, co-workers, direct reports, and clients. 

Improve critical thinking and listening skills to respond to the needs of various constituents in workplace settings.

Develop skills in leadership, problem-solving, conflict management, and other critical group dynamics.

Program Overview

Essential leadership skills like decision-making, facilitating difficult conversations, and goal-setting all contribute to the emotional intelligence required for all levels of career success. In today’s business environment, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are integral to a leader’s success in leading teams.

Ideal for new managers and requisite professional development for seasoned leaders, the Leadership Essentials Professional Certificate program focuses on essential skills employers value most, from communication in the workplace to strategic problem-solving.

In this program, you will learn about:

  • Active listening, written, and verbal communication in the workplace
  • Essential elements of collaboration and leading work groups and teams
  • Best practices for performing a strategic analysis of a problem in the workplace
Several calendar pages.

Time to completion

2 months
4-6 hours per week

Job Outlook

Communication, problem-solving, and teamwork/collaboration are in the top 10 skills requested by employers. These skills comprise 75% of all foundational skills found in job postings.

Burning Glass

Higher-paying jobs are 44% more likely to request communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

Burning Glass

75% of long-term job success depends on people skills, while only 25% on technical knowledge.

Stanford Research Institute International and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation

Corporate Endorsement

“At CoreCentric Solutions, Inc., we’ve found that one of our key differentiators in the marketplace is our people, and more specifically, their broad range of skills. The employees who advance our organization and their own careers not only possess a high level of proficiency in their unique role, but are also adept at what are referred to as “soft” skills like leadership, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Truly agile organizations and professionals recognize the importance of these skills. The Professional Certificate in Soft Skills program provides accessible, practical instruction on how a professional in any field can add these skills to their “toolbox” of capabilities.”

Badal Wadia
CoreCentric Solutions, Inc.


In today’s business environment, organizations have identified critical thinking and problem-solving as skills that are integral to an employee’s--and their organization’s--success. 

This course will demystify, discuss, and provide application techniques for critical thinking and problem-solving in a business context. Learners will draw connections to their work experience by analyzing and critiquing case studies. Best practices for problem-solving will be discussed and illustrated including how to weigh alternative solutions, incorporate feedback from stakeholders, and how and when to start over.

Enroll in the Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving course on edX

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Learn how to effectively communicate and build professional relationships through face-to-face, written, and nonverbal communication. 

This course will help you unlock the secrets to business success by understanding workplace culture. You’ll learn how to use language and nonverbal communication to convey shared meanings in face-to-face and remote professional relationships. You will learn techniques to effectively and succinctly articulate your business ideas to a diverse range of audiences to ensure they understand even the most complex concepts. 

Enroll in the Business Communication course on edX

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Learn essential teamwork and collaboration skills to lead, build, and motivate teams in the workplace. 

This course complements business communication skills and expands those competencies to provide a foundation for decision-making, consensus-building, and problem-solving within a group environment. Learners will analyze and evaluate their own experiences of leading and participating in teams, and will relate them to industry examples. 

Enroll in the Teamwork and Collaboration course on edX

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Instructor-paced offerings begin at a set date and content is released to all learners on a weekly basis. These offerings may include weekly deadlines for assignments or quizzes.

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