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 to lead without formal authority.

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: In-person

  • Sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • There is no charge for this course.
  • Participants will deliver a short group presentation (15-20 minutes) which will likely require virtual or in-person preparation outside of class, not to exceed 90 minutes. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • Spring 2019: Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 29, and April 5 and 12

Application Process (Supervisor Approval Required)

We are accepting applications for the spring 2019 session. If you're interested in participating, talk with your supervisor and then complete and submit the program enrollment request form

Applications for the spring 2019 session will be accepted until February 15, 2019, or until the session is full, whichever comes first. If the session becomes full we will maintain a waitlist and consider those applications first for the next 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 $1,070 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:

  • 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. These online, self-paced training modules include webinar videos, quick-guide resources, quizzes, and more.  

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.

Learning Modules 

  • 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?
    • The webinar recording is available online
  • 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.
    • The webinar recording is available online

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For more information, contact LTD@umn.edu.