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 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 nomination and support from your manager.
  • Complete pre-work as part of the registration process.

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 manager.
  • 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 for yourself.
  • There is no cost for this program, including the assessment.

Format: Online and In-person

  • The next session will be announced soon
  • All classes are on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • The program will be offered four times a year.
  • There is no charge for this course.

The Registration Process (Manager Approval Required)

Individual Contributor Requirements:

  • The individual contributor enrolls in the Leading on All Levels Moodle site at z.umn.edu/loal.
  • The individual contributor completes four activities from the eight Leadership Challenges sections. The activities require entering meaningful reflections in the section journals.
    • 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 your journal. 
    • Completing four activities and journal entries should not take longer than four hours.
  • The individual contributor emails assessme@umn.edu once journal entries are made in four of the eight sections. The Leading on All Levels program manager reviews the journal entries and sends confirmation of acceptance into the program to the individual contributor and their manager.

Manager Requirements:

  • The individual contributor’s manager sends an email to assessme@umn.edu and nominates the individual by the deadline.
  • The manager agrees to work with the staff member on topics covered in class during the program. Managers can learn more about the course topics by enrolling in the Moodle Site at z.umn.edu/loal.
  • The manager also commits to attending the final class session.
  • Space is limited and the first staff members to make meaningful journal entries are accepted into the program until the class is full.

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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:

  • Summer 2017 (July 18, 25, August 1, and 8)
  • 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 (May 23, 2017). Registration for the live webinar is now open
    • 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.
  • Leading Teams (July 18, 2017)
  • Employee Engagement (September 26, 2017)
  • Onboarding New Employees (Fall 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.