A leadership development certificate program of
Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs

The VPSL is designed with participant professional experience in mind, and addresses state agency-identified needs by utilizing trusted and researched assessment instruments, experienced and degreed human
development professionals, and validated program materials.

All VPSL levels share the same 5 core components or “pillars”:

  1. Emotional Intelligence
  2. Management Functions
  3. Leadership and Decision-Making
  4. Team Building and Influence
  5. Strategic Process.

However, the learning pillars are addressed in differing approaches, based on participant professional experience. Andrological learning models are deployed using self-directed readings, seminar/lecture settings, and individual presentation-making, and small-group work. Specific agency issues and agency documents are frequently used as part of the program goal: relevancy to the learning partner agency.