Become a More Compassionate Leader

Compassionate Leadership

The 4-week, non-credit, leadership online course highlights the topics of career development, productivity, selling, and personal empowerment.

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Program Snapshot

Fall Start Date

September 30, 2024

Fall Application Deadline

September 23, 2024

How Often

Start dates every fall and spring



Learning Format


Online Learning Type



4 weeks

Time Commitment

5-7 hrs./wk.


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Become a more effective leader using compassion

This leadership online course is geared towards leaders interested in inspiring others while they develop their own leadership strengths.

This course is based on the book “The Modern Compassionate Leader” and is taught by the author, Jim Martin.  It consists of four modules. The first two modules focus on hard skills and the second two modules focus on soft skills. Through decades of experience in the business world, Martin identified the essential skills needed for managers to elevate into effective compassionate leaders.


Take your leadership skills to the next level with heart

This course is for you if you’re:

  • An emerging leader, supervisor, or manager who wants to become an outstanding leader
  • Responsible for leading a dynamic team to reach their individual/company goals
  • Seeking new tools to improve upon your current leadership skills



View video introduction in Brightspace about course content and planning and review expectations and pre-assessment for the course.

Module 1 – Strategic Leadership

Strategic Thinking ● Long Range Focus ● Managerial Courage

Leaders who fully commit to their authored or assigned strategy and align their teams behind the strategy achieve success. They are the champions for the long view, making today’s decisions courageously to keep everyone connected to the strategy.

Module 2 – Productive Leadership

Functional Competence ● Productive Intent ● Sound Judgment

Execution is the ante for all successful leaders. Today’s leaders must possess the knowledge and intention to deliver results and make decisions that help teams win.

Module 3 – The Heart of Leadership

Empathy ● Transparency ● Humility

Leaders and their team members are full persons. Intellect and emotion are embraced, not separated by the compassionate leader. Honest, personal relationships are the key to creating teams that win together and stay together.

Module 4 – Assertive Leadership

Calm Steadiness ● Learning Orientation ● Pragmatic Resilience

Leaders who withstand storms that arrive without notice guide teams effectively. Assertive leaders hold a curious mindset even when circumstances are most difficult. They fully commit to success and recover quickly from setbacks.


“In business school, we were taught a lot of hard skills like finance, accounting, marketing, and management. Those were the antes to being an effective manager in business. What I learned was, the difference makers were the soft skills. Things like empathy and humility and steadiness and courage.”

Jim Martin, instructor, UVM’s Compassionate Leadership Online Course


Approximately 5 – 7 hours a week.

This course is asynchronous. There are no live sessions.

  • an emerging leader, supervisor, or manager who wants to become an outstanding leader
  • responsible for leading a dynamic team to reach their individual/company goals
  • seeking new tools to improve upon your current leadership skills

The course is taught by a leading subject matter expert in their field. It is designed for working professionals to minimize time away from work and family. The information you will learn can be applied immediately in your workplace, and help you better manage your organization.

Yes, all course materials are included and will be available in Brightspace/Teams.

Yes, you will receive CEUs for this course. You will receive 1 CEU for every 10 hours of instruction.

No. Participants earn a UVM digital badge upon successful completion of the course.

This is a professional-level non-credit course.

If you are a non-credit student seeking accessibility support, please email and the UVM Student Accessibility Services team will be able to assist. In your email, please include that you do not have a 95 number/NetID.

This non-credit course does not qualify for federal student grants or loans or University of Vermont scholarships. Depending on your home state, this program may qualify for workforce development grants. Contact your State Department of Labor to determine which grants may support individuals seeking education to pursue opportunities for career change.

The Vermont Legislature designates a certain amount of grant money every year for Vermont residents who want to pursue education or training beyond high school. These grants are administered through VSAC, and are distributed based on financial need.

Learn about options for discounts, grants, loans, scholarships, and more on our tuition and financial aid page.

No formal payment plans are currently available for this course. Tuition must be paid in full prior to beginning the course. You have the option of making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, the balance is due two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Students interested in a Leadership course may register by paying in full online via credit card or by calling us at 802-656-8407 to make a partial payment of $500. Should you make a partial payment, the remaining balance must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the start of this course. If payment is not received by then, you will automatically be dropped from the course the following business day. Refunds will be issued less a $25.00 cancellation fee.

If you need to cancel your attendance, you must notify us via email at or call us at (802) 656-2085 at least three business days prior to the start date of the course to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation to be provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of refund.

1098-T forms are not issued for this course. However, you may be eligible for a tax credit without this form if you meet IRS requirements.