University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Increasing Leader Effectiveness

Leadership and Talent Development partners with University of Minnesota leaders to build their capabilities to lead and engage faculty and staff in the strategic mission of the University. Content is customized for University leaders to support them as they face the high-level strategic challenges at the University: Results, Vision, Engagement, Collaboration, and Accountability.

Leadership Training 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 two personal development assessments for insights into your leadership strengths and emotional intelligence. The Hogan Management Focus and EQ-i2.0 are worth approximately $140 and are 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 two assessments.

Format: In-person

The current session is full. Details about the spring session will be available in early April. The program will be offered three 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:
  • The individual contributor completes four activities from the eight Leadership Challenges sections. The activities require entering meaningful reflections in the section journals.
  • The individual contributor emails 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 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

  • 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.


Leadership Training for Supervisors

The Developing University Leaders Certificate is designed for new supervisors or individuals who have not taken an earlier University supervision course. The certificate is earned after participating in both Leadership Essentials and Supervision Essentials. There is a $1,000 fee for the Leadership Essentials program, payable when you register.

Leadership Essentials

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 to produce 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

  • Participants enter the Leadership Community of Practice

The four-day session will be held March 15, 16, and April 5, 6, 2016.
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Supervision Essentials

Focus: Successful supervision at the University of Minnesota. Content is developed and delivered by the Office of Human Resources, Office of Equity and Diversity, University Services, and the Office of the General Counsel. Learner outcomes include:

  • Understand key University of Minnesota supervisory policies.

  • Know who and when to contact if problems arise.

  • Navigate offices within the University with supervisory policies and resources, including UReturn, Conflict Resolution, Health and Safety, Equity and Diversity, Risk Management, and Human Resources.

Format: In-person and online

  • Participants enter the Leadership Community of Practice

Sessions are being scheduled. For more information, contact


a new approach to supporting leaders

Research shows that leaders learn through doing, so the Office of Human Resources (OHR) blends classroom and online learning, assessments, on-the-job experience, and coaching. Benefits include:

  • Content is customized for University leaders. OHR is partnering with other colleges and units to provide experiences that reflect both the high-level strategic challenges faced by University leaders as well as the tools, resources, and understanding to support University policies.

  • Supporting leaders through informal and formal learning. Classroom-based training is reinforced through developmental relationships including a leadership community of practice.

  • Leadership training customized by level and experience. OHR is developing a comprehensive approach to leadership development that is easy for leaders and individual contributors to navigate. Offerings will be tailored to meet the different needs of leaders up and down the organization, yet still be based on University challenges.