Leadership Development Programs

Supporting Leaders at Every Level

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Leading on All Levels

Focus: Helping Individual Contributors Build Leadership Skills

Do you want to build your leadership skills and engage others in the strategic mission of the U? The Leading on All Levels course can help you develop your leadership competencies in the areas of equity and diversity, results, vision, engagement, collaboration, and accountability. The course will also equip you to better navigate your leadership journey at the University. Whether you manage projects, informally lead the work of others on teams, or want to plan your career path at the U, you can learn about your strengths and how you can lead without formal authority.

If you’re interested in participating as an individual contributor, you’ll need to:

  • Seek support from your supervisor.
  • Complete pre-work as part of the registration process. Please note that space is limited and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Course benefits

  • Receive a personal development assessment (Hogan Leader Focus) for insights into your leadership strengths. Your results will not be shared with your supervisor.
  • Participate in highly interactive group work and presentations
  • Expand your personal network across the University
  • Connect your work to the University’s leadership competencies
  • Create an Individual Development Plan
  • Participants will receive a completion certificate

Format: Online and In-person

  • The spring session is full. You may continue to submit an application to be added to the waitlist for current and future sessions.
  • Dates for upcoming sessions will be available soon
  • Sessions are typically from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • There is no charge for this course.
  • Online activities and information can be used without attending the in-person sessions.
The Registration Process (Supervisor Approval Required)

Individual Contributor Requirements

  1. Enroll in the "Leading on All Levels" Moodle site (z.umn.edu/loal). Complete four activities from the eight Leadership Challenges sections. The activities require entering meaningful reflections. For example, one activity in the "Demonstrates self-awareness of own strengths and development needs" behavior is: Try: Provide feedback to someone you trust and respect. How does it feel to give feedback? How did the person react? Capture the experience in the application form. 
  2. Complete and submit the application form. Include your activity reflections and indicate supervisor approval.

Note: Enrollment is limited and participants will be admitted until the course is full. Enrollment in the program is confirmed via email by the program manager. 

Supervisor Requirements
  • Approve the individual contributor's request to participate in the program (the individual contributor notes this approval on the application).

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Leadership Essentials

The Leadership Essentials program is designed for new supervisors or individuals who have not taken an earlier University supervision course. There is a $1,000 fee for the Leadership Essentials program, payable when you register.

Focus: Developing Leaders 

Content covers self-awareness, leading people, how to build and manage a high-performing team, and methods for achieving results. Learner outcomes include:

  • Navigate a supervisor’s role in producing results.
  • Strengthen core leadership skills of listening, questioning and clarifying outcomes.
  • Identify and leverage personal strengths and purpose.
  • Use a variety of management styles to create engagement and results.
  • Increase strategies for leading and navigating change.

Format: In-person

  • Four-day training
  • Please note: By signing up for this course, you are expected to be present and in attendance for the full four days of training. This course is highly participative and we ask that you bring your whole self to have the best experience. If a conflict should arise with one or more of the training days, please notify College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) before the beginning of the session to cancel or transfer your registration to a future session.

Upcoming 2018 sessions:

  • Spring: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
  • Summer: July 16, 23, 30; August 6
  • Fall: October 22, 29; November 5, and 12

Register with College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS).

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Supervisory Development Course

Focus: Flexible Online Learning

The program was developed exclusively for faculty and staff who oversee the work of others and online module self-paced training modules including webinar videos, quick-guide resources, quizzes, and more.  Join the upcoming "Giving Feedback that Works" webinar on February 6, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Feedback and Coaching
    • Assess employee performance, potential, and readiness for new challenges.
    • Formulate effective feedback.
    • Plan a productive coaching discussion.
    • Watch the webinar online
  • Managing and Evaluating Performance
    • Identify effective ways to set goals.
    • Plan, coach, and evaluate performance throughout the year.
    • Apply the best practices for writing and delivering a performance review.
    • Watch the webinar online.
  • Managing Conflict
    • Define conflict, its purpose, and benefits.
    • Create more self-awareness regarding your own approach to conflict and the approaches of others. 
    • Assess conflict to determine its source. 
    • Build the skills needed to effectively manage conflict.
    • The webinar recording is available online.
  • Leading Teams.
    • Identify when a team is the best approach to complete a task.
    • Learn the key elements for building and launching an effective team.
    • Learn strategies to improve a team's performance, decision-making, abilities, and conflict resolution.
    • The webinar recording is available online.
  • Employee Engagement
    • What employee engagement is and the employee engagement cycle.
    • What are the ways to gather your employees' input?
    • How do you make sense of the input you have received?
    • What are the main elements to consider when preparing for an effective discussion?
    • What are some action planning principles and what resources exist to support you in the engagement work?
  • Onboarding New Employees
    • Create a plan built on elements that establish and foster long-term employee engagement.
    • Immerse new employees in the culture of the organization and introducing them to key contacts for success.
    • Set performance expectations and goals to foster new employee success and help them achieve the right results.

Format: Online/On-Demand

  • Sessions kick-off with a one-hour webinar that provides an overview of the topic and resources plus an opportunity to ask questions of experts.
  • Online resources include videos, simulations, printable tools, and other resources. 
  • Total time commitment per module: Approximately 2 hours.

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For more information, contact LTD@umn.edu.