Strategic HR Leadership (SHRL) Certification

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Create and Grow High-Performing HR Teams Through Intention, Interaction, and Influence

Being a good leader is more than just telling people what to do. It is about enabling team members to work effectively together and achieve results. As an HR leader, you are responsible for engaging and developing your employees. You guide your team through their day to day and lead initiatives that provide value to your organization.

At HCI, we understand the value of what you do and the need for dedicated development for HR leaders. Our Strategic HR Leadership certification is just that: a practical and hands-on course that will help you be a better people leader. Improve your team’s performance and engagement by linking your team's work to business strategy, analyzing your team roles, and creating learning plans for your team. You’ll practice giving feedback and coaching to better guide your team and you will leave class with the practical tools and templates you need to grow your leadership skills right away.


Increased Focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are critical in today's business environment. As an HR leader, you are expected to serve as DEIB role model within your organization. To help you better prepare, we've updated this certification program to include new research and content on diversity, equity and inclusion topics. You will learn the impact DEI has on people and performance, how to mitigate unconscious bias and what you can do to create more equitable environments where people can feel a sense of safety and belonging. 


What You'll Learn

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Assess Your Team Leadership Skills

Assess how you model effective communication, maintain accountability, develop team members, and act inclusively then form an action plan based on the results of your assessment 


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Connect Teams to a Larger Purpose

Communicate how the team's work affects real people and business strategy and set clear expectations with a team charter 

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Intentionally Design Teams

Design teams to align with your organization's strategy while mitigating unconscious bias in team design 

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Optimize Team Interaction

Empower your team to choose how they work, reinforce a team mindset, and provide continuous development opportunities and feedback  

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Influence Outcomes

Model the right leadership behaviors, leverage network connects and evaluate outcomes and behaviors 

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What to Expect

  • Select training dates and times that fit your schedule
  • Finish your HCI program with a free toolkit, access to additional videos and research, and a set of skills that you can use on the job immediately 
  • Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit), and the exam in your MyHCI profile 
  • Chat and interact with faculty and peers via Zoom
  • Earn your HCI certification by attending all the sessions, completing all classwork, and passing the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher 
  • Renew your HCI certification every three years by obtaining 60 credits 
  • Attend this certification program and earn 13 HCI, 13 HRCI, 13 SHRM, and 12 ATD recertification credits
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Earn Your Human Capital Strategy Credential


Build the in-demand strategic capabilities you need to advance your HR career and lead the future of HR in only 18 months. You'll take three core programs and two strategic accelerators as well as complete mentoring and an advised portfolio project. Graduates of this program demonstrate a breadth of HR knowledge and capabilities to bring wherever they go.

Learn How to Earn a Human Capital Strategy Credential

Course Outline

Day One

Intention - Communicate Team Purpose and Set Clear Expectations
  • Define HR Leadership 
  • HR Leadership’s Pivotal Role
  • The Three I’s in Effective Teams: Intention, Interaction, and Influence
  • A shared purpose
  • Build trust with a team
  • Communicate purpose
  • Understand and articulate the business strategy and the team’s purpose
  • Strategic alignment in team design
  • Keep expectations clear
  • Draft a team charter
Intention - Designing Teams
  • Strategic alignment in team design
  • Align roles to strategy
  • Map talent to roles
  • Solutions to fill roles on a team: build/buy/borrow
  • Lead inherited teams intentionally
  • The Business Case for DEI
  • Dimensions of diversity
  • Mitigate unconscious bias
  • Belonging and inclusion
  • Creating psychological safety
Interaction - Foster Empowerment and a Team Mindset
  • Empower the team to choose methods for accomplishing goals
  • Foster a team mindset
  • Grow a team mindset
  • Empowerment to participate: Building psychological safety

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Day Two

Interaction - Promote Continuous Learning and Feedback
  • Promote continuous learning and feedback
  • Develop teams
  • Why train teams?
  • Match training to team needs
  • Workplace learning today/sources of learning
  • Identify learning opportunities for teams
  • Reinforce learning
  • Provide continuous feedback
  • Coaching as a follow-up to feedback
Influence - Leveraging Relationships and Forming Connections
  • Leverage relationships within and outside the team
  • Form stronger connections with team members
  • Formal and informal networks
  • Barriers to relationship-building
  • Expand networks
Influence - Evaluate Outcomes and Model the Right Behaviors
  • Evaluate outcomes and behaviors
  • How organizations measure success
  • Individual, team, and organizational measures
  • Reward and recognition
  • Model the right behaviors
  • Team leader responsibilities
  • Assess yourself
  • Action planning

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