Becoming a Leader: Motivate, Inspire, and Persuade

Leadership is a vital skill that comes in many forms, even while you’re in high school. Do you want to be the leader of a team or club? What do you think your leadership style is? In this course, you’ll identify various leadership styles, explore the circumstances that call for each, practice effective leadership tools, and uncover ways to motivate others using your unique strengths. Learn to navigate challenges and hear from renowned leaders in the fields of politics, finance, research, medicine, and more.

Program Dates

Choose the course length that works for you: 1-week intensives, 2-week sessions, and 4-week sessions


For students ages 13 and up



Begin Your Leadership Journey Here

What Is Leadership?

Learn the different leadership styles. Which is yours? See how situations dictate which style is best, and how leaders leverage their strengths to deliver the best outcome.

Learn How To Address Conflict in Decision-Making. 

Explore the biases and traps that can get in the way of making effective decisions. Discover how leaders foster healthy conflict and dissent while building high-performing teams.

Discover How Leaders Motivate.

Effective leadership involves reading behavior and motivating others to adopt a new course of action. Learn how strong leaders help people succeed.

Review the Dynamics of Power and Its Effect on Leaders.

What is power? Examine sources of power and how they influence leaders’ behavior. Review the seven persuasion principles and apply each to real-life scenarios. Discover effective storytelling.

Ethics and Leadership: Scenario Application.

Delve into diversity, equity, and inclusion. Compare leaderless versus leader-rich organizations. Review the skills needed to meet evolving demands and practice scenarios to hone your leadership skills.

Hear From Guests Speakers in Several Industries.

Learn how different people approach leadership in their respective industries: everything from business to non-profits to medicine and more. The topics covered in this course can apply to any area of study or career path.

How You Will Benefit

  • Be able to identify varied leadership styles and explain the circumstances where each excels.
  • Gain the skills to build and apply the tools required to lead individuals, teams, and organizations.
  • Evaluate leadership tools, their benefits and shortcomings in different scenarios, and how to adapt tools to meet the circumstances.
  • Develop insights from a range of proven leaders across several industries.
  • Complete a Final Capstone Project to demonstrate what you’ve learned.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University.

Student completing Georgetown's leadership course

Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Capstone Project

All online courses culminate in a Final Capstone Project that allows you to:

  • Build your unique leadership strengths to develop and deliver a four-to-five-minute campaign presentation.
  • Choose a topic you are passionate about, such as making a change in the world (e.g., climate change, financial literacy, mental health, etc.)
  • Using the tools you have learned, include the principles of persuasion, motivation, storytelling, decision-making and more to motivate your audience to take action.


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed.
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your Final Capstone Project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible learning format through video lessons. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20-30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

June 30 - July 14

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 23, 2024

Type: Enrichment

July 7 - July 14

Length: 1 week

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

Type: Enrichment

July 7 - August 4

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

Type: Enrichment

Course Designed by Georgetown University Faculty

Rachel Pacheco | Leadership Course Instructor | Georgetown University

Rachel Pacheco, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business

Dr. Pacheco, a Georgetown alum, serves on the board of directors and board of advisors for numerous start-ups and high-growth organizations. Her research focuses on interpersonal dynamics in the workplace, specifically on power and conflict. She is passionate about translating this work to aspiring leaders in fast-growing organizations; specifically how managers can build tactical skills that will help them become leaders of teams and top organizations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

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The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.