Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership (GCVBL) is a six-month program comprised of online learning and two on-campus residencies. The GCVBL program responds to the current need for leadership through influence from authentic, innovative, collaborative men and women who inspire and create positive, lasting change in partnerships, teams, organizations, communities, and the wider world. Through the program, students will become mindful leaders with amplified capabilities to make a difference by aligning decisions and actions with consciously chosen values. Graduates will inspire and enable themselves and others to accomplish their highest values in action.

Who it's for

This program offers advanced leadership capabilities and understanding for experienced and emerging leaders, who are focused on creating and supporting organizational cultures that foster exceptional engagement and adaptability to changing demands. It will be of special interest to those who want to:

  • Enhance their ability to lead themselves and others through authentic shared values
  • Mentor emerging leaders in values-based decision-making and action
  • Build strong and productive partnerships and teams
  • Attract and retain talent
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve the bottom line
  • Enhance reputation with all stakeholders
  • Create a positive and lasting innovation


Graduates will come away with the following skills and abilities:

  • Adaptability and good practical judgement through refined self-knowledge and an ability to align personal values with decisions and actions
  • Ability to turn unexpected challenges into learning that catalyzes growth and development of wisdom (emergent learning)
  • Strong team leadership capabilities to support the learning of others to cultivate values awareness and congruence
  • Expertise in communicating openly and transparently to foster trust and dialogue
  • Ability to foster sustainable, results-oriented collaboration and partnerships founded on shared values and common purpose
  • An understanding of the conditions and processes of lasting organizational culture change

Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership graduates may be eligible for credit towards electives in other Royal Roads University programs as follows: nine credits towards the MA in Leadership, nine credits towards the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies or six credits towards the MBA.