Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials

Technical Diploma

This program helps the student enhance their leadership influence through coaching and motivating team members, establishing effective communication throughout the organization and managing through change. Ideal for future leaders, or current leaders who wish to have stronger impact.

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Program Outline

Term 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1010210600 Business Programs Orientation

This class helps new Nicolet students make a successful transition to the College. Orientation is a chance for students to learn College resources, practice pacing and time management, grit and the learning management system. Students also receive an introduction and have opportunities to practice professional business communication.

1080119500 Written Communication

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

1010210800 Operations Management Role and History

Students will discover the critical roles managers play in organizations and explore how managers plan, lead, organize and control. This class will also explore the origins of management and review major developments in business through the centuries and how they are still relevant today.

1010211300 Human Resources Roles and Laws

This class reviews the role and importance of Human Resources in organizations. Current challenges Human Resources contends with are covered. Students will learn about major employment laws and how to ensure that company programs, practices and policies align with those laws.

1010211600 Human Resources Recruitment

This class will cover how to develop job descriptions and competitive salary packages for open positions. Students will create effective recruiting and interview programs so the best candidates will be selected.

1010211800 Human Resources Employee Evaluation

This class covers onboarding new employees and providing informal and formal feedback. Students will also learn how to mentor and coach employees. Students create onboarding and performance evaluation plans.

1019616000 Leadership Qualities of Leaders

This course covers the importance of effective leaders and leadership to the success of organizations. Students will explore the critical differences between managers and leaders.

1019616500 Leadership Emotional Intelligence

This course introduces emotional intelligence and its importance in leadership. Leadership qualities and best practices are also covered. Students will assess their emotional intelligence level and leadership acumen and create action plans to leverage and strengthen these skills.

1019617000 Leadership Organizational Culture

This class will cover what the leader’s role is in creating the optimal workplace. Students will learn the components of a great workplace and how to improve corporate culture. Students have the opportunity to assess their workplace and provide recommendations for strengthening.

1019618000 Leadership Team Development

Team development is critical to success. This class will cover setting expectations for your team, motivating them, providing feedback and resolving conflict.


At A Glance

How You'll Learn

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Multiple Start Dates

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Flexible Pace

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Optional Lab Support

2023 Start Dates

January 9 May 8 September 5
February 6 June 5 October 2
March 6 July 10 November 6

2024 Start Dates

January 8 May 6
February 5 June 3
March 4 July 1

Program Tuition*


*Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.


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This program has a zero cost for textbooks. If you continue your education beyond this program to complete a full associate's degree, there may be additional costs for books.

What You'll Learn

  • Perform leadership functions to achieve organizational objectives
  • Facilitate effective employee relations

Your Potential Careers

  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Business Owner

Median Annual Salary

$43,370 $47,121 $47,309
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