Leadership Development Series

Seneca College Certificate


Enhance your management skills. This new management development program has been updated to reflect the needs of leaders and managers in today's challenging, competitive and dynamic environment. It covers a wide range of topics and focuses on the skills used by managers in everyday decision making and problem solving. A total of ten courses are required for completion of the Leadership Development Series program.

This series will develop and enhance both management skills and broad business knowledge.

Entry Requirements

This is a professional program designed for:

  • Leaders or potential leaders with 3 years of related work experience.
  • Mature students with three to five years of related work experience.

It is recommended that students take LDS502 prior to taking LDS503.

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Due to COVID-19, all Part-time Studies courses are being offered online until further notice, in one of the following two formats: online virtual classroom and online self-directed. Click Availability below to see current offerings.



This course will address business communications, the technology available and what mechanism should be used to communicate a particular message. This course will cover communication styles, presentation skills, facilitation skills and social marketing.

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Employment Law

Students will review employment standards, health and safety, labour relations, pay equity, employment equity and human rights legislation as they apply to management and unionized employees and leaders. An examination of both statutory and common law will be undertaken in both federal and provincial jurisdictions.

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Human Relations

This course will focus on the skills and knowledge required to effectively recruit personnel, train them and manage their performance in a professional manner. Students will use their knowledge of the concepts of statutory and common law to conduct interviews; handle performance problems; counsel and discipline as required; plan and direct training needs assessments, methods and program delivery.

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Managing Performance

This course will focus on performance analysis, counselling, coaching, constructive feedback, conflict resolution, performance management systems and overall strategies for performance management.

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Leading Teams

This course will examine the leader's role in the development and success of teams in the workplace. Students will learn the differences between a group and a team; analyze various types of teams including self-directed work teams; and understand how coaching and mentoring skills assist team effectiveness.

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Managing Change

Leadership requires recognizing when change may be needed in order to seize opportunities, as well as following the processes for implementing change. Learning to effectively scan the environment; recognize and identify trends; and plan, implement and measure success in change plans are all part of managing change to the benefit of the organization.

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Leaders in any organization need to understand the cost of doing business. This course will focus on the processes of understanding ROI; creating a budget; anticipating variances and using financial statements and ratio calculations effectively.

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Project Management

This course is designed to meet the needs of leaders in any organization who may be new to project management or who have not had formal project management training. Students will learn how the elements of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) are applied during each phase of a project's life cycle and the implications of project management on leadership within an organization.

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Leading Responsibly

Sustainability in business is often related to profitability. Organizations now need to incorporate practices that include a more holistic approach to the responsibility corporations have to their communities and to the environment. Leaders need to assess the impact of the business in an ethical and globally sustainable way using measures such as corporate social responsibility and triple-bottom line accounting.

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Critical and Creative Thinking

Students will learn how to think creatively and critically in order to apply management skills to their role in the organization, and their professional and personal life.

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Students must successfully complete the ten courses in the Leadership Development Series to receive a Seneca College Certificate.

Program Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of ten courses students receive a Seneca College Certificate. It is the responsibility of students to advise the College that they wish to graduate. Forms are available from the College Registration offices.
  2. For each hour of class, students can expect two hours of home study.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Office of the Registrar.


When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Program Contacts

John Wong
Academic Program Manager
416-491-5050 ext.26630

For more information about this program, fill out the following form.