Digital Badge in Leadership Excellence

This program is designed to help you reach your fullest potential as a leader, innovator and change-maker. It offers practical knowledge, backed by research, and available to you 24/7. The program uses best practices in gamification, micro-learning and collaborative application—delivered directly to your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Online learning that is engaging and fun!

The program focuses on the 8 different leader roles and 24 key skills required to achieve leadership excellence.

The 8 Leader Roles

  • Leader as Director
  • Leader as Producer
  • Leader as Mentor
  • Leader as Facilitator
  • Leader as Monitor
  • Leader as Coordinator
  • Leader as Innovator
  • Leader as Broker

View a Leadership Excellence Sample Video

The 24 Leadership Skills

  • Communicate the vision; Set SMART goals; Delegate effectively 
  • Drive productivity; Build a positive culture; Manage time & stress
  • Understand self; Develop others; Communicate effectively
  • Build and lead teams; Manage conflict; Foster collaboration
  • Manage information; monitor performance; Measure quality
  • Design the work; Manage projects; Communicate results
  • Lead positive change; Think creatively; Cultivate innovation
  • Nurture relationships; Negotiate commitments; Present inspiring ideas

The Leadership Development Framework

The Leadership Excellence mobile-learning program is designed using popular Competing Values Framework and its 8 different leader roles. Excellent leaders understand and then master the 8 different roles they have to play to continually create and deliver value.

Leadership Excellence Framework

The Core Teaching Team

  • Steve Olson, Ph.D.

    Steve Olson, Ph.D.

    A Clinical Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Excellence in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Steve is an award-winning teacher specializing in leadership, innovation, and ethics. He is the Lead Guide for the Understanding Business Innovation mobile-learning program. Steve earned his Masters Degree from Yale and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He has extensive experience in training and coaching executives on innovation, leadership, and corporate responsibility. His clients include Cox Enterprises, Panasonic Automotive Systems, WellStar Health System, Regions Bank, and the U.S. Marine Corps, to name just a few.

    • Everett Darby

      Everett Darby, Change Consultant

      Former head of innovation for The Coca-Cola Company, North America and a Principal at Growth River Consulting. Everett's expertise is in the areas of innovation, leading change, and developing high-performance teams. His work centers on developing business leaders who drive innovation and lead change in ways that generate profitable and sustainable growth. Everett, in partnership with Steve Olson and others, played a key role in developing the Certified Professional Innovator (CPI) program that helps business leaders reach their fullest potential as innovators and change-makers. He earned his MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

      • Virginia Means

        Virginia Means, Chief People Officer

        Virginia brings over two decades of senior human capital leadership and consulting experience on behalf of global and domestic organizations. She aligns people solutions with business strategy by evaluating, designing and implementing optimal human resource partnerships and service delivery models. Companies for which Virginia has led human resources have been recognized as premier employers by a number of external organizations including Fortune magazine, Working Mother magazine, Training Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and attended the Wharton School where she was awarded the HR Business School certification.

        • Andy Crowe

          Andy Crowe, Chief Executive Officer

          Andy is the CEO and founder of Velociteach, as well as the author of Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know that Everyone Else Does Not, and the most recently published PMI-ACP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. His textbook The PMP® Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try is the top-selling textbook worldwide to prepare for the PMP exam. Andy’s career began in software development with firms such as Manhattan Associates and Intellinet. From there he moved on to working  with globally-recognized organizations and projects such as Europe’s largest e-commerce site, Project Canopy, as well as serving on the Advisory board for Microsoft’s DNA and.NET. Andy is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Program Management Professional (PgMP), an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and a Six Sigma Black Belt

          The Credential

          Upon program completion, you will earn a Digital Badge in Leadership Excellence (see below) that you can display in the "certifications" section of your LinkedIn profile. The U.S. News and World Report magazine named Digital Badges and micro-credentials the #1 trend to watch in higher education and workforce development in 2017. Digital credentialing is gaining popularity with professionals of all ages as the new way to display your new knowledge and skills to the rest of the world.

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          The Brochure and Curriculum Overview

          For more program details, please download both the program brochure and the program’s Curriculum Overview Document. And, the Digital Badge in Leadership Excellence program is also part of the new Mini MBA program offered by the Coles College of Business. Click or tap on the images below.

          Leadership Excellence Brochure               Mini MBA Brochure             Leadership Excellence Curriculum Overview

          Next Steps

          To enroll in the Leadership Excellence mobile-learning program, use the following contact information:

          • Dan Stotz, MS
            • Executive Director of Executive Education Programs
            • Michael J. Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
          • Phone: 470-578-3685
          • Email: