UT Family Business Center

Leadership Development Certificate Program

Woman leading a business

As your family business transitions to a new generation of leaders, its success and continuity depend on the management and leadership effectiveness of those at the top.  Our innovative certificate program will help new and aspiring leaders - both family and non-family members - master the concepts and skills required to navigate the course of these complex organizations

Who Should Attend?

This opportunity is for professionals in current leadership roles within a family or privately held business.

What differentiates our Program?

The inclusion of, and the focus on family business differentiates our course from other leadership programs. 

About the Instructor

Jenell L. S. Wittmer, Ph.D., is an industrialized/organizational psychologist. She is an associate professor of management in the College of Business and Innovation at UToledo. Learn more


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Space is limited to 16 participants. Register early to ensure your place in this personal- and business-changing program.

$2,500 per participant for UToledo Family Business Center member companies
$3,000 per participant for non-member companies

Program Overview
All sessions are from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus.

Friday, Sept. 20: Key leadership concepts

  • How is being a leader in a family business different?
  • Leadership: People, processes, politics
  • Character traits and behaviors of a leader
  • Common pitfalls of leadership

Friday, Oct. 4: Self-assessment tools and emotional intelligence

  • Review of managerial skills
  • Understanding your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • MBTI activity
  • Review of emotional intelligence

October: One-hour individual coaching session with the instructor

Friday, Oct. 25: Goal setting and individual development plans

  • Emotional quotient (EQ) awareness and understanding
  • Developing yourself through goal setting
  • How to turn goals into actions
  • Individual development plans

Friday, Nov. 8: Communication and active listening

  • Overcoming listening barriers
  • How to be an effective listener
  • Understanding and awareness of non-verbal communication
  • How to build rapport and empathy

Friday, Nov. 22: Giving and receiving feedback and organizational change

  • Discussion of positive feedback practices
  • Understanding temperament styles in giving feedback
  • How to receive feedback
  • Being a role model
  • Leveraging people power to make positive organizational change
  • How to deal with resistance to change

December: One-hour individual coaching session with the instructor

Friday, Jan. 10: Accountability session and individual development plans

  • Identifying temperament styles
  • Needs vs. values
  • Group discussion of goals, obstacles and challenges in development planning for self and employees

Friday, Feb. 7: Presentation of development plans and graduation

  • Participants present their development plans for self and employee
  • Final review of material
  • Awarding of certificates

*Participants will receive a certificate of completion from The University of Toledo and up to 2.5 University-awarded continuing education units.

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Last Updated: 7/17/19