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Strategic Leadership and Communication

A course designed to help you lead and communicate in contemporary contexts. The course takes place at the Global Leadership Summit 2021, August 5-6th; plus an exclusive in-person course on Saturday, August 7th; followed by an informative and applicable online course that concludes September 30th..

About This Course

Enrollment is open now! The course starts during and the day after the Summit. Buy your books now and you will be a step ahead for the post-summit conclave and online learning.

Wheaton College Graduate School and Global Leadership Summit are excited to partner together to deepen your academic experience around the topic of communication and leadership. By successfully passing all of the requirements for this course, you will earn a Global Leadership Certificate issued by Global Leadership Summit and endorsed by Wheaton College.

This course will expose students to the dynamics of communication in relation to leadership in contemporary contexts. In particular, communication concepts and best-practice will be applied to the tasks of leadership such as communicating vision, leading teams, intercepting entropy, and other challenges of organizational leadership.

After participating in the Global Leadership Summit sessions, you will begin this course. You will attend the Saturday session, complete video presentations and interactions, course readings (three books and four articles), textbook interactions, and three writing assignments. The course is non-refundable and assignment deadlines are firm (with no extensions being granted) so, before you sign up, please be sure to read through the course syllabus to makes sure you are aware of the certificate requirements.

Those who choose to not complete all of the Certificate requirements can ask for a Participation Acknowledgement letter that can be used to note continuous learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will become academically skilled and spiritually grounded so that they will be able to:

  1. Articulate a personal philosophy of communication for leadership and influence
  2. Critically assess and evaluate leadership communication methods
  3. Craft and deliver an inspirational and structurally sound message
  4. Create a plan for steadily improving the personal quality of communication
  5. Identify ways communication can be used for both altruistic and selfish ends
  6. Assess personal communication abilities and areas for growth

Syllabus and Course Schedule

At the conclusion of this course successful students will be better able to lead. They will demonstrate ability to examine leadership styles and adopt effective leadership communication.

Course Format and Dates

Strategic Leadership and Communication is an accelerated hybrid course. This means that lecture time will be a combination of “face-to-face” time (through attendance at all sessions of the two-day Global Leadership Summit), an one-day Saturday morning session at Wheaton College (or Zoom), plus “online” time (through online video lectures).

As an accelerated course, you will need to invest a total of 75 hours into this course (for lectures/Summit participation, readings, and writing), or 8-10 hours a week.

Registration and Cost

Register for WheatonX above by clicking 'Register Now' and fully completing the form. Then, return to this page and you can enroll in this course. The cost for this certificate is $300 (USD) for participants from the United States and Canada. International participants may qualify for a discounted rate. Please email to request a coupon code for a discounted rate if you qualify as an international participant.

Please read the syllabus! You will find it here: 2021 Syllabus

Earning the Global Leadership Certificate

The Global Leadership Certificate is issued by The Global Leadership Summit and endorsed by Wheaton College. In order to receive the certificate, students must attend both days of the Global Leadership Summit on August 5-6, 2021 (in person, through a host site, or through live streaming) plus attend the Wheaton Bonus session (live or by Zoom) on August 7th. After the event, you will watch additional video lectures on WheatonX and successfully complete all readings and assignments by Sept 30, 2021. The course will be graded as “Pass/Fail” with a pass equating to a “master’s level B or higher.” Note: students must be able to effectively communicate and write in English.

This course is issued by the Global Leadership Summit. Thus, this course does not earn you graduate credits that will show up on a Wheaton transcript. Your certificate is proof of your completion. As a Wheaton College endorsed certificate, you can be ensured that your class meets all of the rigor of a master’s level course. While other institutions may or may not grant you credit for this course, students who successfully pass the Global Leadership Summit Course and are admitted into Wheaton College Graduate School may receive 2 hours of course credit toward tiered learning opportunities that could culminate in a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College. Click here to learn more.

Why pursue this certificate?

  1. First, this course will help you deepen your summit experience by joining with other leaders to develop skills around communication and leadership.
  2. Second, many organizations encourage their staff to demonstrate professional growth through continuing education. Upon completion of this course, you will earn a formal certificate from the Global Leadership Summit in “Communication and Leadership.”
  3. Finally, this is an opportunity to be on the ground floor of exciting innovations at Wheaton College organized around tiered learning opportunities that could culminate in a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College.

Most additional questions can be answered by reading this document: FAQ GLS Certificate

If you have any further questions, please email

Course Staff

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    Dr. Rochelle Scheuermann  

    Associate Professor of Leadership, Wheaton College

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    Dr. Ed Stetzer 

    Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, Wheaton College      

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    Dr. Paul Mindong Lee 

    Co-Director of M.A. in Global Leadership; Norris A. Aldeen Professor of Business      

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