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Sharpen your HR and leadership skills this fall

Free professional development courses for back-to-school season

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September 22, 2023


No matter how many years it’s been since setting foot in a classroom, September always brings a burst of back-to-school energy to keep us motivated as the air turns crisp.  

After a summer of fun in the sun, this “second new year” is the perfect time to take stock of your goals and invest in your own professional development. Luckily, there are plenty of free courses online to help you get started. To help you save time, we’ve hand-picked a selection of FREE HR and leadership-focused courses.

People Analytics Masterclass Series | Human Resource Webinars – This masterclass series can be completed over the course of one workday and will help you build a strong foundation in People Analytics. You’ll learn how to connect HR metrics to business goals and develop and implement data-driven strategies to resolve challenges. Your teachers are former and current CHROs and people ops execs from firms like American Express, Western Union, Facebook, and Uber.  

Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles | Harvard University – In this introductory course, explore strategies for leading in a changing world, discover new ways to approach complex organizational systems and leave with an action plan for the work ahead.  

Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers | LinkedIn Learning – In this course, leadership expert Sara Canaday shares the differences between managing, training and coaching, and provides managers with coaching models and skills to support the development and growth of their employees. Sara presents the business case for coaching, explores common challenges and explains how to provide feedback and set goals. Free with a one-month trial to LinkedIn Learning or with your local library card.

Leading Diverse Teams & Organizations | University of Michigan – In this new course, you'll gain evidence-based knowledge and practical tools to help you design and lead diverse, equitable and inclusive teams and organizations. Whatever your background, and wherever in the world you may be, you’ll gain tools to lead diverse teams and organizations.

Developing Your Personal Leadership Style | Indiana University – Whether you’re a new leader or a seasoned professional, this course will help you connect (or reconnect) with your personal leadership style. You will be given tools to help you authentically portray who you are, be an effective change agent and seek the joy and peace of mind that comes from personal success in a management role.

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