Leadership Development Programs

A New Approach to Supporting Leaders

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Leading on All Levels for Individual Contributors

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 for insights into your leadership strengths. The Hogan Management Focus is worth approximately $80 and is free to participants for their personal development. 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 next session will be announced soon
  • All classes are on a specific day of the week, depending on the cohort. 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 utilized without having to participate in in-person sessions.

The Registration Process (Supervisor Approval Required)

Individual Contributor Requirements:

  • Enroll in the "Leading on All Levels" Moodle site at 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. 
  • Complete and submits the application form, including activity reflections, and indicates supervisor approval.
  • The "Leading on All Levels" program manager will review and send confirmation of enrollment. 

Supervisor Requirements:

  • Approve the individual contributor request to participate in the program and the individual contributor notes this approval on the application form.
  • The supervisor also is invited and highly encouraged to attend the final class session.

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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 CCE before the beginning of the session to cancel or transfer your registration to a future session.

Upcoming sessions will be held:

  • Fall 2017 (October 23, 30, November 6, and 13) 
  • Spring 2018 (March 5, 12, 19, and 26)

Register with College of Continuing Education (CCE).

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Supervisory Development

Focus: Flexible Online Learning. The program was developed exclusively for faculty and staff who oversee the work of others. New modules will be added throughout 2017, including:

  • Feedback and Coaching. The online tools and resources include:
    • Assess employee performance, potential, and readiness for new challenges.
    • Formulate effective feedback.
    • Plan a productive coaching discussion.
    • The webinar recording is available online
  • Managing and Evaluating PerformanceThe online tools and resources include:
    • 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.
    • The webinar recording is available 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 (September 26, 2017)
  • Onboarding New Employees (November 15, 2017)

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.