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Foundations of Leadership

 

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Part A: Understanding Yourself
Part B: Understanding U of M Culture
Part C: Leading People

Classes are held in
210 Donhowe 
 Selected dates also available via UMConnect. Check dates in ULearn. 

 

"Foundations" Resources

These additional resources will provide participants in Foundations of Leadership with an opportunity to further their learning outside of class.

Additional Resources

"Keys" Resources

These additional resources provide participants in Keys to Supervision with an opportunity to further their learning outside of class.

Additional Resources

 

Foundations of Leadership is the University’s introductory course for new supervisors and managers of non-student employees. Building upon the strengths of our former supervisory training program Keys to Supervision, Foundations of Leadership is designed to be more easily accessible, better support development of faculty leaders, and provide more information and resources on virtual management for those who manage staff in other locations.

Some highlights of the redesign include:

  • Less focus on classroom learning and more emphasis on self-paced, outside classroom learning.
  • Completion of a People Leadership Skills Assessment so participants learn what performance management skills need development.
  • Increased use of web-based modules and videos to teach important concepts such as employee engagement, creation of S.M.A.R.T. goals, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality preferences, etc.

Past participants in Keys to Supervision do not need to take Foundations of Leadership.  "Foundations" contains approximately 80% to 90% of the same content as "Keys."

Course Purpose

The goal of Foundations of Leadership is to provide new University of Minnesota Leaders who have been hired externally, or promoted internally, the knowledge and resources needed to make a successful transition into leadership.

Design Highlights

The course is divided into three parts which are scheduled two weeks apart to accommodate completion of pre-work. The three parts are:

  • Part A: Understanding Yourself
  • Part B: Understanding U of M Culture
  • Part C: Leading People

Time Commitment

  • Completion of all three parts of Foundations of Leadership requires a 15 to 16 hour total time commitment
  • Each part consists of 3.5 hours of classroom training and 1.5 to 2 hours of pre-work
  • Pre-work must be done to successfully complete training
  • Participants should discuss the pre-work time commitment with their manager in advance and set aside time on their schedule to complete it

Course Description

Foundations of Leadership has been designed with the belief that in order for leaders to be successful, they need to first manage and understand themselves well. Second, they should have a good understanding of the environment in which they work in and third, understand important leadership concepts and management responsibilities. Each part of the course expands on these topics:

Objectives of Part A: Understanding Yourself

Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Using information gained from completing the MBTI Step II, explain where you get your energy, how you like to gather information, make decisions and behave under stress
  • Recognize benefits of routinely soliciting developmental feedback and receive developmental feedback without defensiveness
  • Describe people leadership skills that need improvement and create efficient plans for developing them

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Objectives of Part B: Understanding U of M Culture

Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Describe what organizational culture is as well as influences of subcultures within the University of Minnesota
  • Identify actions leaders at different levels can take to change organizational culture
  • Describe what employee engagement is and take steps to increase it
  • Describe the services offered by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Disability Services/U Return Office, Office of Conflict Resolution, Office of Occupational Health and Safety and the Office of Risk Management
  • Describe specific steps leaders can take to create and maintain an equitable, diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplace

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Objectives of Part C: Leading People

Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between leadership and management roles
  • Identify the four qualities employees most admire in leaders
  • Describe important changes leaders need to make when moving from one level of leadership to another
  • Describe connection between positions and department or unit’s mission and goals
  • Define team behavioral norms, individual performance expectations and measures of success
  • Diagnose the development needs of direct reports when assigning goals or tasks

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