Practical Leadership Skills for Managers

“An employee's relationship with his or her direct manager is the most important single factor in employee engagement.” (Pendell, 2019)

“From diversity and inclusion to productivity and retention, the manager plays a singular role in the life of an employee.” (Lipman, 2012)

"I find myself implementing some of the skills on a regular basis now, with positive outcomes, and I feel more confident managing my team. It's been a terrific learning experience."   -past participant

Program Overview

The day-to-day experiences of our employees are profoundly impacted by their interactions with direct supervisors. Even the most experienced leaders appreciate the importance of continual self-reflection and learning, especially in the vital and challenging work of managing people.

Each unit in the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program has been developed based on the experiences and needs of UM employees and managers, and is focused on high impact leadership and management skills. The program is designed to be flexible enough to fit into our manager’s busy schedules, and emphasizes practical applications of the learning. 

Managers who complete the full program will receive a Learning as Leaders certificate and digital badge.

Each unit includes:

  • online learning that can be accessed on your own schedule,
  • sessions and/or workshops for participants to explore key concepts in more depth,
  • cohort discussions with time and support for applying the training to your management work.


How to Register

Fill out the program application by Tuesday, February 21 at 5 p.m. to join the spring 2023 cohort. Space is limited.

Meetings will take place during five Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m. (March 2-April 6, no meeting during spring break).