Online Certificate on Leadership and the Future of Work

This course aims to equip professionals with pertinent skills for tomorrow's dynamic working environments. This includes their ability to adapt to volatile global work contexts and their ability to better integrate their self-management skills, analytical thinking, and complex problem-solving skills


SDG8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
International Leadership
future of work

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shown the degree to which vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) characterise our world. Higher levels of resilience and adaptability on the individual and organisational level are needed and can only be achieved through rapid development and implementation of new skills and innovative organisational strategies.

In-demand cross-cutting skills of the future will be essential and will need to be deployed in tandem with new technologies and remote work. Future leaders will need emerging self-management skills aimed at active learning, resilience, stress tolerance, and flexibility in addition to a stronger set of core critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The UNITAR – Hertie School Executive Online Certificate will be composed of 9 sessions, among these eight three-hour workshops and a closing session. Beyond this, each participant will develop a strategy on how their organisation can adapt to challenges and opportunities posed by the current changes in their specific working environments which they will present and discuss in the closing session.

Participants who successfully fulfill all requirements will be awarded with a joint UNITAR – Hertie School Certificate which is accredited with four (4) ECTS points. To successfully complete the certificate and obtain ECTS points, participants need to submit their written case study.

Target Audience

The online programme is designed and targeted for growth-oriented professionals working in multilateral contexts, both in the private and public sector, as well as anyone who is in or aiming to be in high-level roles in the future.

The Executive Online Certificate is of special interest for managers and leaders involved in the adaptation process of their organisations to megatrends at work such as automation and digitalisation.

Learning Objectives

The programme aims to strengthen participants' abilities to:

  • Analyse current megatrends in the workplace and marketplace and understand the impact these developments have on their own organisations and businesses;
  • Understand how work is changing and the concept of new work, examining the limitations and opportunities this creates, and where specifically this could be deployed in the participants' workplace and teams
  • Develop organisational strategies to seize the opportunities and address the challenges posed by changing working environments
  • Examine different leadership styles and understand the changing roles and responsibilities of leaders working in VUCA environments
  • Develop their personal and cultural leadership style using their unique strengths for successful team mobilisation
  • Reinforce management change towards a more innovative, agile organisational culture which enables organisations and businesses to thrive in today’s VUCA environment