The Leadership Professional Certificate

PDG is excited to announce our new Leadership Certificate Program, which consists of six modules.  Each module will be between 60 and 90 minutes in duration and can be enjoyed on demand. Martie Adler, who hosts the series, has been involved in higher education for over 35 years. She is currently the Assistant Director of Talent & Organization Development at Indiana University and has worked with over 200 colleges and universities globally.

Just glance at the headlines of any newspaper, or listen to business news, and you will observe numerous examples of the impact lack of trust has in the workplace. As part of the leadership development series Martie will not only guide and teach us the foundational elements of building trust, we will also look at the important facets of how to build skill in communication and listening, conflict and confrontation, the essential coaching skills as well as, a deep dive into the process of implementing a model of Expectations and Accountability.

The six part series includes a final exam for completion of the certificate program with a passing grade of 80% or above. Each session was presented live and recorded for anyone who cannot attend at that time.

About the Instructor

Martie Adler, Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant and Certified Professional Coach

  • Martie is the Associate Director of Talent & Organizational Development, and a certified executive coach.

  • She joined IU in January of 2011.

  • Martie has dedicated 35 years of her career to higher education; both as a senior level administrator and faculty.

  • Martie has been the principal of her own consulting and coaching firm for 20 years and has higher education clients that span the globe. She spent 10 years in full-time focus with her own business.

  • Martie’s areas of expertise are primarily focused on: Organizational development in the areas of trust, change management and implementation, leadership development, and all things related to organizational effectiveness.

  • Martie’s personal mission is to assist leaders in setting clear expectations, moving their organizations forward, and supporting deep levels of trust.


"Martie is a great speaker. She provided everyday practical examples. Her slides were easily usable for staff meetings as training. I appreciate her experience and calm nature when making important points."
- Director of Customer Service & Collections, Student Account Services - Indiana Wesleyan University


Leadership Professional Certificate Modules

Module 1 Accountability and Expectations

One of the primary issues leaders face is accountability.  The only way to be sure that you have a solid platform for performance and behavior, is to make sure you have set the expectations.  This session takes you from theory to practice to implementation and provides a model to support you as you build skill as a leader.

Module 2 Foundations of Trust

Lack of trust is a global issue with a cost to every organization who does not address it.  Think about it: absenteeism, workarounds, unproductive meetings, and the list goes on.  A leader’s primary focus must be on creating and developing an organization whose foundation is based upon trust.  This session will give you some solid information to begin building trust within your organization and/or team.

Module 3 Communication as Initiator

Communication is still the number one issue cited (globally) for team and organization breakdown.  In this two-part session we take a look at all the variables that are our responsibility, especially as leaders, in our part of the conversation.  We will also look at it from the perspectives of speaking and listening.  This is not your 101 session!  Prepare to do some heavy lifting.

Module 4 Communication as Recipient

Part 2 of the Communication series. Once again “This is not your 101 session!”  Prepare to do some heavy lifting.

Module 5 Conflict Management

We all experience conflict, and the majority of us don’t care for confrontation; so how do you reconcile the two?  In this session we will view conflict from the leadership perspective; we will talk about healthy conflict (yes, we want conflict); and how you can build the skill to confront and handle conflict in way that serves everyone.

Module 6 Coaching for Development 

We often hear that leaders just don’t have time for coaching.  There is a growing body of research that clearly shows that you don’t have time not to coach!  In this session you will learn what coaching is and isn’t and be given a number of models to consider in coaching your own teams