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.

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 October 15, 16, 29 and 30. Additional sessions have been announced for 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.