Best Online Leadership Classes of 2022

Why We Chose It

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) offers top-tier leadership development courses in all formats—live, onsite, blended learning—and across all leadership dimensions, from basic supervisory and management skills to team leadership.

What We Like

  • Best-in-class leadership development training

  • Classroom-based virtual setting with live instructors

  • Low student-to-instructor ratio

What We Don’t Like

  • Pricey: classes cost $1,500 to $5,000 or more

  • The fixed class schedule doesn’t offer self-paced options

  • U.S.-based time frames may be difficult for global attendees

We chose CCL as best overall, as it is dedicated to research-based leadership development, and its Leadership Development Program is the “longest-running program of its kind in the world.”

CCL offers a five-day, 20-hour version of the course session titled The Effective Leader, targeted to mid- and senior-level managers who want to develop leadership mastery. This CCL course is limited to 24 students, with an average of one instructor for every 12 participants.

CCL courses are hands-on, with lectures, discussions, feedback, polls, and lots of classroom interaction between instructors and learners. The Effective Leader virtual course costs $3,700, which means it may be too expensive for those paying for their own training or smaller businesses. Mid- and senior-level managers wishing to attend the class may want to ask their employer if they can expense all or part of the training costs.

CCL also offers numerous online leadership classes such as Frontline Leader Impact, Lead for Success, Leading Strategically, and Maximizing Your Leadership Potential. These virtual leadership courses range in price from $1,500 to $6,500, which is cheaper than completing an MBA program.

Additionally, CCL can bring its leadership training to an organization for firms that want to host a class virtually (or onsite) for a group of existing managers. The prices vary depending on the content, the number of attendees, length, and format of the course.