Servant Leadership Certificate

Examine in depth the core aspects of Servant Leadership. This 5-module certificate program is open to aspiring servant leaders in public sector, nonprofit, human services, business, health care, religious, and other organizations. Five 1-day modules include: Servant Leadership Foundations, Artful Leadership through Self-Knowledge, Building Community and Developing Others, Stewardship of Organizational Resources, and Servant Leadership Project: Recognition and Reflection. Module 1 is a prerequisite for other modules.

At a glance

What: Servant Leadership Certificate

When: 5 sessions; Fri, Mar 16, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 4, May 18, 8:30am-3:30pm

Where: Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty. Hwy. M, Middleton, WI

Cost: 1 module: 0.6 CEUs, $175 through Feb 27; $195 after | All 5 modules: 3.0 CEUs, $850 through Feb 27; $950 after

Continuing education credit: 30 hours (3.0 CEUs)

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For additional information, contact ROBERT TOOMEY: 608-262-2576

See the stories of two participants of UW-Madison's Servant Leadership Certificate program, and what "servant leadership" means to them.

Why this program?

The Certificate in Servant Leadership draws on UW-Madison’s unparalleled experience and expertise in helping working professionals expand their knowledge and enhance their careers. Through our unique combination of innovation and credibility, we can help you build your skills and awareness to better serve and lead in your organization as you begin — or continue — your servant leadership journey.

Our goal is to help you succeed by delivering first-hand experience, proven approaches, and best practices. Whether you’re new to the field or bring years of experience, you’ll gain proven principles and practical knowledge you can put to use immediately to serve those counting on you for effective leadership.

Who is this program for?

This program is open to anyone interested in learning more about servant leadership and how to apply it. Typical participants include leaders, program staff, supervisors, managers, and aspiring leaders in public-sector, nonprofit, business, health care, human services, religious, and other organizations.

Learners should come with an open mind; a desire to serve first, then lead; and a willingness to be part of a learning environment by listening and learning from others and thoughtfully and actively contributing to the learning experience.

Program overview

Offered for the first time in Spring 2014, this noncredit certificate program will teach participants the philosophy and practice of servant leadership, which is a particular leadership approach that begins with the desire to serve. While it is not new, servant leadership is of great interest in various sectors and organizations. The phrase was coined around 1970 by Robert Greenleaf.

This 30-hour classroom, site-based program will be offered on 5 Fridays over about 3 months. The series is intended to provide an in-depth examination of the core aspects of servant leadership in a supportive, quality learning environment led by skilled, experienced servant leaders. Various topics will cover foundational texts and concepts, and examples of successful servant leadership practices by individuals and organizations. The certificate series will close with a reflective project.

(The program will offer CEUs, CPM credit hours, and optional portfolio credits for students enrolled in Viterbo University’s MA program in Servant Leadership.)

What you’ll learn

  • Identify the foundations of servant leadership
  • Describe the philosophy of servant leadership
  • Develop self-awareness of individual personality preferences and styles
  • Explore models of individual servant-leaders
  • Learn a variety of practices for building community and practicing stewardship
  • Recognize and reflect on servant leadership practice and projects
  • Complete the certificate series with a reflective project and presentation

Program modules

Module 1 is required for all others; Modules 1-4 required before attending Module 5. Must take all 5 modules to receive certificate; can take individual courses without receiving certificate.

Module 1: Servant Leadership Fundamentals
Basis: Greenleaf and Spears. Introductory module with definitions and concepts; some advance pre-reading. Servant leader models, discussion, case studies, characteristics, and examples where it works (success stories).

Module 2: Artful Leadership Through Self-Knowledge
Basis: Self-assessment. Required Pre-work: MBTI® Assessment, report with results and discussion of application. Servant leadership and emotional intelligence, reflection, and awareness of self and others.

Module 3: Building Community & Developing Others
Basis: Mattessich, Monsey, Reina & Reina, Symonette, and others. Partnerships and community-building, building a culture of trust. Hospitality, development, inclusion, and diversity.

Module 4: Stewardship of Organizational Resources
Basis: Peter Block and different organizational examples. Learn about stewardship practices (including the program facility) as well as good management practices such as wise use of financial, human, and other organizational resources.

Module 5: Servant Leadership Project: Recognition & Reflection
Putting it together, seeing the whole. Participants deliver presentations on a project chosen by the participant. Concluding celebration and presentation of Certificates.

Questions? Contact Robert Toomey,, 608-262-2576