Learning to Lead

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Learning to Lead prepares those planning a career in supervision to understand what it takes to make the transition from managing one’s own work to managing others.

This four-part series is focused on the everyday roles and responsibilities of the supervisor including how to provide direction, monitor progress, and get work done through others. Attention is given to how to make the mental and relationship adjustments necessary to move from “peer” to “manager” mode. Other skills essential to success include critical thinking, problem-solving, setting clear expectations and providing ongoing group and individual feedback to keep performance on track.


Participants will have identified supervision as a priority career objective. A nomination form (DOC) must be completed by the nominee and his/her supervisor with an acknowledgement that supervision is a realistic career goal within the next two years (subject to actual opportunities).

Program Components

Each 3.5 hour session provides topical content, small and large group exercises, and maximum opportunities for interaction. Some sessions may require self-assessments or pre-work assignments.

Classes will be held four consecutive Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Grace Hall, Lower Level Training Room.

What Supervisors Do – Week 1

  • Identify the roles & everyday responsibilities of a supervisor
  • Understand today’s diverse workforce
  • Establish an environment that motivates the individual and inspires teamwork
  • Manage Up, Down & Sideways

Making the Transition – Week 2

  • Make the mental and behavioral moves from peer to supervisor
  • Use specific tactics for building rapport and relationships early on
  • Set up structure & processes: individual touch bases, team huddles, staff meetings
  • Ask an “Expert”: Panel of New & Experienced Supervisors

Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving – Week 3

  • Learn basic steps for problem-solving
  • Apply both creative and critical thinking to make decisions and solve problems
  • Learn techniques for team problem-solving

Establishing Direction & Staying On Track – Week 4

  • “Start slow to go fast”: Using “Leadership Assimilation” to get started
  • Establish mechanisms to maintain momentum towards goals
  • Use feedback to coach for good performance


Participants are expected to attend all four sessions and complete any pre-work assigned for the sessions.


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