Strategic HR Leadership (SHRL) Certification

Optimize Your Talent Strategy

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Create and grow high-performing HR teams
through intention, interaction, and influence.


Have you found yourself in a role where you lead a team but you've received no formal training? Do you know what it takes to be an effective leader, how to truly motivate your team to do their best work, or how to measure the performance of your team? Inherit an under-performing team?

This practical and hands-on course will help you to be a better people leader by improving your team's performance. You'll do real work in class, including linking your team's work to business strategy, analyzing your team's design and mapping rolls, and creating learning plans for your team. And of course, you'll also practice giving feedback and coaching your team to improve both their performance and engagement!

You'll also receive 30 tools and templates that you can use right away to improve your leadership and your team's performance!


Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who formally or informally leads a team
  • Anyone who wants to be a people leader in the future
  • Anyone whose team's performance needs improvement


What You'll Learn

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Assess Your Team Leadership Skills

  • Assess the degree to which you model effective communication, maintain accountability, develop team members, and act inclusively.
  • Form an action plan based on the results of the assessment.

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Connect Teams to a Larger Purpose

  • Communicate how the team's work affects real people within or outside of the organization.
  • Articulate the business strategy and how your team contributes to it.
  • Set clear expectations with a team charter.
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Intentionally Design Teams

  • Design a team to align with your organization's strategy.
  • Mitigate unconscious bias in the design and leadership of your team.
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Optimize Team Interaction

  • Empower your team to choose how they accomplish work.
  • Grow and reinforce a team mindset.
  • Provide relevant, personalized, and continuous development opportunities to your team.
  • Continuously offer feedback to your team using a three-step model with follow-up.
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Influence Outcomes

  • Develop executive presence.
  • Leverage relationships in your formal and informal networks.
  • Evaluate outcomes and behaviors.
  • Model the right leadership behaviors.

What to Expect

  • Select training dates and times that fit your schedule; offered as a 2-day program or as a virtual series with half-day sessions delivered over 4 weeks
  • Learn more about the virtual series format
  • Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit), and the exam in your MyHCI profile 
  • Chat and interact with your facilitator and peers via Zoom platform available on mobile or desktop for the virtual training option
  • Earn your HCI certification by attending all of the sessions, complete all classwork, and pass the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher 
  • Renew your HCI certification every three years by obtaining 60 credits 
  • Attend this training and earn 12 HCI, 12 HRCI, 12 SHRM, and 12 ATD recertification credits

Earn Your Human Capital Strategy Credential 


This certification is part of HCI's Human Capital Academy program, designed to help you build in-demand capabilities, advance your career, and lead the future of HR. Click the link below to learn more about the other certification programs in the Academy and the special pricing available. 

Learn How to Earn a Human Capital Strategy Credential >

Part 1: Intention - Communicating Team Purpose and Setting Clear Expectations
  • Defining HR Leadership 
  • HR Leadership’s Pivotal Role
  • The Three I’s in Effective Teams: Intention, Interaction, and Influence
  • A Shared Purpose
  • Building trust with a team
  • Communicating purpose
  • Understanding and articulating the business strategy and the team’s purpose
  • Strategic alignment in team design
  • Keeping expectations clear
  • Drafting a team charter
Part 2: Intention - Designing Teams
  • Competencies for roles
  • Mapping talent to roles
  • Leveraging diversity and acting inclusively
  • Mitigating unconscious bias
  • Solutions to fill roles on a team
  • Build/buy/borrow planning chart
  • Being intentional when you inherit a team
Part 3: Interaction - Fostering Empowerment and a Team Mindset
  • Empowering the team to choose methods for accomplishing goals
  • Fostering a team mindset
  • Growing a team mindset
  • Empowerment to participate: Building psychological safety
Part 4: Interaction - Promoting Continuous Learning and Feedback
  • Promoting continuous learning and feedback
  • Developing teams
  • Why train teams?
  • Matching training to team needs
  • Workplace learning today/sources of learning
  • Identifying learning opportunities for teams
  • Reinforcing learning
  • Providing continuous feedback
  • Coaching as a follow-up to feedback
Part 5: Influence - Leveraging Relationships and Forming Connections
  • Leveraging relationships within and outside the team
  • Forming stronger connections with team members
  • Formal and informal networks
  • Barriers to relationship-building
  • Expanding networks
Part 6: Influence - Evaluating Outcomes and Modeling the Right Behaviors
  • Evaluating outcomes and behaviors
  • How organizations measure success
  • Individual, team, and organizational measures
  • Reward and recognition
  • Modeling the right behaviors
  • Team leader responsibilities
  • Assessing yourself
  • Action planning

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