Be a Digital Savvy Leader

DATES: 8 February 2023 – 1 MAR 2023 (Wednesdays @ 5 pm PST / 8 pm EST)

DURATION: 4 weeks

Course Overview:

Professional life can be very challenging and competitive. With so many professionals today, it’s hard to see how the status quo will help you advance in your career, especially when technological innovations are constantly changing everything! This leads to difficult advancement and personal burnout for professionals, who are often overwhelmed with new learning requirements.

The pandemic has made things even more challenging! Professionals now find themselves balancing a digitally disperse workforce while trying desperately hard not only to educate themselves across different fields but also need practical experience if they want true success as a leader. Becoming a savvy business leader means that you have to leave the current paradigm and learn a new set of skills and broaden your horizon:

  • Be in the know about all the capabilities required for you to confidently navigate complex environments.
  • Adapt to the post-pandemic demands by understanding holistically the business parameters, goals for sustainability (ESG), new technologies pushing the boundaries of the digital revolution and the legal/regulatory environment

The objective of the Digital Savvy leader course is to provide you with an awareness of all the capabilities and areas where you need to focus your attention rather than the very narrow confines of the role you are holding. It covers awareness of areas related to disruptive technologies along with risk management, ethics, compliance, privacy, and cybersecurity. Fundamental concepts that many professionals lack today because of working in silos.

What makes us unique:  

Every leadership level we offer is based on real-life case scenarios where the learner will learn to use their critical thinking skills to motivate a team, make trade-offs and employ decision-making techniques. Our students will learn to adapt their current skills and broaden their knowledge to successfully survey technology and digital business transformation while employing risk management techniques, data ethics and compliance, cybersecurity and more.

This is just an introductory overview course to help the learner understand where they want to go next and if there is a need to specialize in a more focused area of leadership.

Who should attend:

This course is suitable for anyone who aspires to move into a “visible” business leadership role by building on their current professional acumen.

  • Transformation Leaders; anyone who is participating in their organization’s transformation efforts.
  • Middle and Senior Managers who aspire to move into “visible” business leadership roles by building on their current professional acumen.
  • CXOs and Business Owners are interested in understanding how they can leverage technology and data to edge over the competition competitively.
  • Consultants, Strategists, and others who advise leadership teams.
  • Product Managers, Product Owners, UX Design Strategist, and others who develop digital products
  • Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers & team members and anyone who aspires to leadership roles in these fields.
  • Agile Delivery Leads, Coaches and Scrum Masters, and those managing change.
  • Anyone working with disruptive technologies like Blockchain, AI/ML, IoT, 5G, Business Analysts, Data Scientists and other “T-shaped” professionals.


There are no leadership experience or academic prerequisites for this course.

What will you learn:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Become aware of the leadership traits that will propel you to a visible leader status
  • Prepare to  practice the concepts learned such as successful benefits and delivery for your organization, the importance of  data value and ethics,
  • Understand the concepts that will lead you to an understanding of strategic business design for digital modernization
  • Understand the concept of digital transformation and the role that technology plays. Develop leadership skills related to technology, data, risk and analytics

This course is an introductory awareness-building session on digital leadership for professionals. Through this course, you will develop a solid understanding of the various aspects of digital leadership so that you can make informed decisions about your leadership development journey.

Course Outline:

Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives
  • Overview of the fundamental concepts of business leadership

The Digital Savvy Leader

  • What is the digital savvy leader?
  • The digital savvy leadership approach
  • What are the benefits of becoming a digitally savvy leader?

Foundations of digital leadership in today’s ways of working

  • Understand your organization’s value creation
  • Benefits realization – at what cost
  • Ethical value delivery
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance

Tailoring and Adopting business leadership knowledge in your current role

  • Case Study
  • Organizational enablers
  • Organizational goals vs your goals
  • Lessons learned

Final Project: Demonstrate your knowledge

  • The participants will present a final project to the class
  • Discussions and Q&A
  • Lessons learned & final thoughts

What we offer:

  • Virtual instructor-led classes with real-time access to class
  • Course materials, activities, and case studies
  • 3 months of free access to the Decode Series Membership site
  • Professional Development Units (PDU) / Education Points
  • References and resources
  • At the end 1:1 coaching session

Course completion certification:

You can make your resume stand out with this course. The final project will give you the opportunity to demonstrate a deep understanding of strategic and practical business benefits delivery, data value and ethics in addition to privacy and cybersecurity as pillars for leadership.

You are able to take advantage by claiming an eligibility certificate once you complete the course!

You will also be eligible for 8 PDUs or CPEs if you are certified with PMI or ISACA organizations.

Your instructors:

Amalia Barthel is currently a  “Top 30 of 800 instructors” in 2022 Instructor with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.  Amalia is recognized for her instructional and practical leadership knowledge at the University of Toronto, Seneca and online learning academies (such as Udemy and HST Talks) to prepare you for success in a business leadership role that is future-proof. Amalia has over 20 years of business, project management and GRC experience in the top 20 industries. She brings her expertise and a deep understanding of organizational strategic goals and how to achieve them in a highly demanding legal and regulatory arena in the design and delivery of all her courses.

Christine Aykac is an acclaimed instructor and learning strategist with over two decades of experience in business leadership and transformation. She is an internationally recognized coach for business and agile teams and has held leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Christine has a wealth of knowledge to share with you, and this course is packed with valuable insights that you can apply to your leadership development journey.