Certified in Leadership Development

 Solution-Based Practice

Overview of this Leadership Development Certification Program

How should organizations adapt to changes during the pandemic? What are the best ways to re-deploy talent and prepare the organizations for the future? Gain these skills in our courses on workforce planning and succession planning.


Online, Mentor supported, hands on project work.


3 months of access to the learning content, learning platforms and all resources.


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Learning and certification exam package

Organizations must constantly improve the competence of those in leadership roles to enhance their effectiveness in the current role, and plan the replacement of leadership positions. The topics presented in this training package include identifying leadership potential, identifying critical positions, accelerated leader development, and charismatic leadership training.

How is Leadership Development useful?

    1. Design leadership development initiatives based on the drivers to effectiveness.
    2. Gain an evidence-based understanding of factors that promote leader and leadership effectiveness.
    3. Design systems that deliver results by integrating leadership development with succession planning.
    4. Go beyond the nine-box model to design a results-based succession plan.

The CLD Exam & Learning Package includes 3 courses, covering topics in leadership development and succession planning.

This courseware is designed, keeping in mind with the needs of talent management professionals to learn the material and maximize it in their work projects. Users have access to the HCG Learning Management Platform where they can access the courses listed below.  Lessons include case studies, step-by-step guides, evidence-based models, webinars, projects, quizzes, and mentor support.  Additionally, users have access to job aids and worksheets, which they can readily utilize in their work projects.  Read about our success methodology ►​

​Access duration for this learning package is 3 months.

    Foundations of Integrated Talent Management

Talent management (TM) is a systematic approach that more effectively aligns the resources of employees and potential employees with the needs of the business. When effective it helps address employee needs and enhances the work environment by promoting employee effectiveness.


In this course, participants gain understanding of how talent management systems can create better organizations, better talent and better career. They gain knowledge of what talent management is, how organizations benefit from talent management, characteristics of a high impact integrated talent management system and industry practices in talent management. The course highlights the benefits and costly consequences of not focusing on TM practices.

In this course, participants build capability to:

  • conduct a TM system effectiveness audit
  • identify opportunities for integrating TM practices to meet a business need
  • assist in the recruitment of evidence based TM professionals
  • identify gaps in TM practices compared to industry benchmarks


This course gives participants access to various tools and worksheets, including:

  1. TM System Effectiveness Audit
  2. Industry Specific TM Practices

    Leader Development

Leader development refers to the activities related to improving the competence of those who play leading roles in organizations. 



In this course, participants learn about models of effective leader behaviors, such as situational leadership theory and full range leadership theory. Additionally, they will gain knowledge about leader development programs, including accelerated leader development and charismatic leadership training. The course includes special topics on globalization and gender in leadership and current and future trends in leadership development.​

In this course, participants build the capability to:

  • help others understand the unique characteristics of leaders
  • support the selection of assessments tools to predict leadership success
  • support the design of leadership development programs
  • support the selection of vendors for deploying leadership development programs
  • support the design of a training program to grow charismatic leaders
  • support the deployment of leadership development programs
    support progress tracking of participants
    design mechanisms to accelerate leader development


This course gives participants access to various tools and worksheets, including:

  1. A Training Guide to Developing Charismatic leadership
  2. A Guide to Assessing Effective Leader Traits and Behaviors
  3. A Form to Capture Current & Future Leader Competency Requirements
  4. Leadership Development Needs -A Gap Analysis Tool
  5. Leadership development – Program Design Template
  6. Leader Development Activities and Activity Descriptions
  7. Leadership Development Activities by Development Phase

    Succession Planning

Succession planning is the process of replacement or transition planning of leadership positions and critical roles. It involves identifying future candidates based on their projected capability to grow beyond their current role.



​In this course participants will learn the steps involved in developing a succession planning process and the organizational best practices. The participant will gain knowledge of how succession planning fits into the employee life cycle and how to identify critical positions. The course will also present evidence, predictors of leadership potential, special considerations, common dilemmas and material on CEO succession planning. Finally, participants will learn how to evaluate the succession planning process.

In the course a participant will build the capability to:

  • define an approach to identify critical roles
  • define the succession needs of the organization
  • select assessments to help identify high potential candidates
  • develop a process to identify high potential employees
  • using assessments and employee data
  • outline the succession planning process and structure the talent review meeting
  • support the creation of development plans
  • gather metrics to evaluate the succession planning process


This course gives participants access to tools and worksheets, including:

  1. A Guide for Succession Planning Management and Development Support
  2. Comprehensive List of Predictors of High Potentials
  3. A Guide to High Potential Identification, Development, and Treatment
  4. A Guide to Understanding Leadership Derailers
  5. Guidelines for Identifying Critical Roles
  6. Job Leveling Matrix
  7. Miles and Snow Organizational Strategy – ToolSuccession
  8. Planning Stakeholder Meeting Guide
  9. The Talent Review Process – Challenges and Resolutions
  10. Succession Planning Strategy Creation Meeting Canvas – Tool

This learning and certification package includes the training segments and a certification exam.

Certification Requirements

    1. ​Complete the learning segments listed in the training tab, including the accompanying mandatory webinars, and quizzes.
    2. Complete projects achieving a minimum score of 70%
    3. Comprehensive Exam
      Take a comprehensive exam covering the five topics and achieve a minimum score of 70%.
      – Computer-Based Testing (CBT)
      – Multiple-choice questions selected based on expert panel evaluations

Exam dates ►

All certifications are valid for 3 years. To maintain the certification credentials, you must stay current in this area of expertise, build upon your knowledge, and grow as a professional in your field. Recertification requires retaking the exam.

Exam dates ►

How is Leadership Development useful?

Who are the faculty for this Leadership Development course?

Course reviews

Am I eligible?

Talk to an expert


I liked the structured approach that the program had. The learning content was comprehensive, there were assessments and assignments to check for understanding and provide an opportunity to apply the learning, the mentor connects were of great help. Overall, the program design is extremely well thought through.

Teena George

Certified in Workforce Development (CWD)

Am I Eligible?

Best suited for

    1. HR generalists/business partners/managers
    2. Talent management managers/directors
    3. Leadership development managers/directors

The Faculty for this Talent Management Specialist Learning Package

Shreya Sarkar-Barney. Ph.D.

Shreya Sarkar-Barney. Ph.D.