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Emerging Leadership graduate badge

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A badge is a digital record of achievement that recognizes completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. You can link your digital badges to online résumés and portfolios, career websites, or social media. This gives you a way to share experiences, competencies, or knowledge with current and future employers, professional and community organizations, recruiters, and graduate programs.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The digital badge in emerging leadership is designed to prepare soon-to-be leaders for the challenges you will experience as you gain greater levels of responsibility. The badge is not a degree or certificate. It will prepare you for:

Effective leadership: You will learn the fundamentals of effective leadership at the supervisory level, along with how to influence others based on their own leadership style.

Integrative thinking: You will gain an understanding of how all the different functions in a firm fit together as a whole.

Strategic analysis: You will be able to provide strategic recommendations to solve specific organizational problems.

Admissions and Application

Completion of a bachelor's degree is required for admission. Preference is given to candidates with at least three years of experience and company support. To start your application:

  • Visit and select "graduate credentials."
  • Click the button "Inquire for More Information" and fill out the online form.
  • A member of the Graduate Programs team will contact you to get you started.

Location & Format

Classes for the program are downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


The program is cohort based, comprised of five courses (14 credits), and concludes with an applied project. Classes are offered on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus at the L. William Seidman Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

  • BUS 501 - Self-Management for Leaders
  • BUS 502 - Operational Alignment for Leaders
  • BUS 503 - Leading and Empowering Teams
  • BUS 504 - Essentials of Enterprise Leadership
  • BUS 505 - Implementing Principles of Strategic Leadership

In addition to the courses, you will participate in coaching and professional mentoring. This one-on-one coaching is designed for your professional development and is not an internship. Industry mentors, arranged by the Seidman College of Business, are available for guidance. You will also be engaging in professional networking.

For More Information

Seidman College of Business

Koleta Moore, Assistant Dean
1033 L. William Seidman Center
(616) 331-7400



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