What Can You Do With a Degree in Leadership & Organization Development?
The LOD program aims to develop highly effective leaders who can achieve short- and long-term results while building organizational resilience and capacity and coaching other individuals, teams, and leaders. If you want to advance your leadership abilities, promote organizational change models, or become an effective manager of processes in the for-profit, non-profit, community, or governmental sectors, then our executive leadership program is the perfect choice for you.
LOD-trained graduates work in market sectors such as: high-tech, healthcare, hospitality, marketing, education, government, consulting firms, corporations, and sole proprietorships. They work as successful leaders in and with organizations such as: Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Group Health Co-operative, Starbucks, Franciscan Health System, City Catering, Pinchot, BluePoint, bMergent, Strata Associates, Connect Growth & Development, and the state of Washington. Our graduates encompass a range of careers:
- training and development specialist
- professional coach
- HR consultant
- college faculty
- executive director/CEO
- director of diversity
- organizational development consultant
- program director
- project manager
- career counselor
- director of strategic planning
- director of public relations
- business relations manager
- business owner/entrepreneur
Career Track Option 1: Develop portfolio for Associate Certified Coach through ICF
The LOD program aligns with the eleven International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies credentialing requirements by preparing students for the portfolio application process at the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level. This will depend on the number of client hours you log and performance on ICF oral and written exams. LOD provides 60 hours of coach-specific, combined classroom training, hands–on activities, and web-based seminars, as well as 100 hours of client coaching experience. Students may contract separately with LOD-recommended outside resources to complete the required 10 hours of work with a qualified Mentor Coach and the ICF Performance Evaluation.
Career Track Option 2: Prepare for SME Lean Bronze-Level Certification
LOD also aligns with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Bronze–level Lean credentialing requirements. LOD provides 45 hours of combined classroom training, hands–on activities, and web-based seminars, 11 hours of training delivery as part of a capstone project, and 24 hours of reading to satisfy the SME requirement for 80 total hours of Lean education and training. In addition, LOD provides students with the opportunity to develop, lead, and/or participate in five (5) tactical Lean projects where specific Lean principles and tools are applied and demonstrated.
The LOD program is designed to develop leadership traits for the next generation of high impact leaders and process managers who are capable of creating compelling and sustainable organizational change.The goals and student learning outcomes for the LOD Program are for students to be able to:
- Use communication skills to have a positive impact, including the ability to: identify target audiences needs and expectations, establish presentation objectives; and develop Q&A and persuasion strategies, use visual aids and presentation notes; make persuasive presentations, encourage feedback and dialogue
- Lead Effective Group Work: Can diagnose group functioning and intervene appropriately to develop high-performance teams with enhanced capacity to work productively together in achieving innovations and business results;
- Design Facilitation and Training Interventions: Can design, deliver, and evaluate effective facilitation and training that is linked to strategic business goals;
- Consult Effectively with Internal and External Clients: Utilizes a coherent methodology that builds internal client capacity to trust, assess, diagnose, and intervene to enhance system-wide functioning;
- Manage Organizational Change: Can assess, design, implement, and evaluate appropriate performance optimization and cultural change strategies that help systems function more effectively in the achievement of strategic imperatives and business results;
- Coach Leaders and Employees: Develops the client‘s self-awareness about core leadership principles through dialogue and feedback, and enhances client‘s capacity to achieve key business results more effectively;
- Apply a Strategic Perspective: Clarifies and creates alignment around strategic imperatives — vision, mission, core values and critical business results;
- Systems Thinking: Able to assess, diagnose, intervene, and evaluate from a systemic perspective to address organizational dysfunction and enhance organizational outcomes;
- Apply a Multicultural Perspective as an Intervener: Ability to notice cross-cultural and multi-generational patterns and heighten awareness around diversity issues that may influence the ability of organizations to achieve strategic imperatives and business results.
For more information on our Seattle residential curriculum, check out our residential learning model . This model involves multiple residential conferences. Visit the Seattle Campus Academic Calendar  for the dates of residential conferences; you may select the desired semester at the top of that page.