Course Description

Please Note:

The Art and Practice of Leadership Development Certificate Program and all related courses have been suspended indefinitely.  We are no longer accepting new applicants and will be contacting current participants with options for completing their certificates.

It is our intention to have a new leadership certificate program in place in 2020.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause.


One of the most important elements of any organization’s success is the quality of its leadership. In previous decades, an organization could rely on a small number of leaders to insure its success. Today, all organizations - public, private and non-profit - live in a much more complex and competitive environment. To be successful organizations must develop leadership at all levels. This program has been designed to help meet that need. At the same time, research shows that over the next 10 years, there is a crisis in terms of the number of leaders we will need especially in Atlantic Canada.  

Today's leading organizations in the private, public, not-for-profit and volunteer sectors require competent leaders who are able to step up to the challenges that will be faced over the next decade and beyond. The next generation of leaders need to develop mastery over essential leadership strategies combined with the right higher-order skills such as higher-order intentions, decision-making, risk-assessment, execution, commitment and follow-through for each specific leadership challenge.

The program is focused on providing participants with the knowledge and skills they need to excel as leaders.

This is a required course for the Certificate in The Art and Practice of Leadership Development or can be attended as a stand-alone course.

All participants will receive a copy of Dr. Brad McRae's best-selling book The Seven Strategies of Master Leaders. Each participant will also receive relevant leadership handouts after the course is over so that the learning continues.

Course Outline

Day One: Leadership Assessment, Development and Style

During the course, participants will become familiar with current thinking in the field of leadership development and will have an opportunity to apply selected concepts from the literature to assess their own leadership style. Areas of strength will be identified as well as areas for improvement. We will examine the six leadership challenges and how to apply the research from the Center for Creative Leadership on how leadership skills, strategies, and competencies are developed.

Key Learnings

  • Changes in Organizational Leadership Styles from 1950 to 2018 and beyond
  • Tipping Point Leadership
  • Research of the differences between Bad, Good, and Great Leaders

Assessing Your Leadership Style

  • Your Motivation Potential Score: You Can’t Lead Others if You Can’t Lead Yourself
  • Career Anchors
  • The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership     

Day Two: Leadership Strategy, Execution and Higher-order Results

Leadership, like character, is developed over time. Therefore, through a learning technique called Action Learning, each participant will develop a Leadership Project to demonstrate leadership and influence in an area selected by the participant. The leadership projects are designed to increase the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the workplace. The participants will then have four or six weeks to complete their Leadership Project before meeting for day three of the course. 

Key Learnings

  • Stepping Up to the Plate
  • How Master Leaders Get Results
  • Master Leaders are Master Learners

Day Three: Leadership Review

Day three consists of a review and reports from the participants’ Leadership Projects. Each participant will report on their progress in terms of ROI for their organization and ROI for their own career. The participants will receive valuable feedback from fellow course participants and the course instructor. We will then look at how each participant’s Action Learning Projects can be added to each participant’s Learning Portfolio which is an important step in career advancement.


Brad McRae is the Director of the Atlantic Leadership Development Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brad has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a baccalaureate and master's degree from California State University. He is a registered psychologist, consultant and best-selling author. He was trained in negotiating skills at the Project on Negotiation at Harvard University, The Art and Practice of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School in 2012 and was on faculty in 2015, and Decision Making at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Brad learned career development skills from Richard Bolles.

He has taught at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, at Carleton University in Ottawa and at Saint Mary's University and Dalhousie University in Halifax. He was also a subject matter expert in negotiating and influencing skills at the Pearson International Peacekeeping Centre. Brad gives over 100 presentations a year and has lectured across Canada and in the United States, Australia, Mexico, Africa, England and the Caribbean.

He is also the author of ten books: How to Write A Thesis and Keep Your Sanity; How To Study For Comprehensive Exams and Keep Your Sanity; Practical Time Management: How to Get More Done in Less Time; Envisioning Your Perfect Career; From our Grandmother's Lap: Lessons for a Lifetime; Negotiating and Influencing Skills: The Art of Creating and Claiming Value; and the Seven Strategies Trilogy of Negotiators, Presenters, and Leaders. Brad is also the editor of The Atlantic Leadership Development Institute Newsletter.


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“I appreciate Brad's engaging manner, his tremendous wealth of knowledge on the subject matter and his ability to validate and positively provide feedback to each participant”
    Kate Grey-Mews
    Social Worker/Policy Advisor
    Health Canada – First Nations & Inuit Health

“Brad is fantastic, filled with information and has a great ability to impart it to others. He is a flexible instructor who is able to tailor presentations to the group”
    Patricia Edwards
    Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service

“The information provided really helped me to think through my leadership challenges differently. Excellent course! I look forward to the next one!”
    Angie McAuley
    Senior Director,  Communications & Health Promotion
    Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

"This is one of the best courses I’ve even taken. Even considering graduate-level courses I’ve taken in the past, this course is in the top 1%.   The learning from this course will stay with me for many years to come.   I feel like this is just the beginning of my Leadership journey."
    Kevin Garroway
    Nova Scotia Environment

"I have had the good fortune of improving my leadership skills through the carefully driven enthusiasm and guidance of Dr. Brad McRae. His expertise shines through his eloquence and humour , as he leads his audience to self awareness, reflective expression and confidence building. His style is unthreatening and his creation of a relaxed, collegial learning environment  provides an opportunity for an engaging exchange among participants who share his passion for inspiring life long learners."
    Lisa Mosher
    Director of Educational Services
    Eastern Shore School Board
    Bonnaventure, PQ

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