Note: This series is capped at 20 participants

Total Workshop Time: 1- 1 Hour Session and 7 - 3 Hour Sessions (22 Hours Total)

Pre-requisites: None


Would you like to be a supervisor, but are unsure of the tools that you need?  Or are you already a supervisor and want to brush up on your skills?  Emerging Leaders will help you to expand your tool kit.

Those who lead others have a challenging and potentially very fulfilling opportunity to play a critical role in their organization and our university community.  The demands are considerable.  Yet, if you are interested in a chance to make a difference in the lives of others and an opportunity to grow, you have found the right job.  While any job keeps you busy with a long list of tasks, as a leader, none will be as important as the leadership and guidance you provide to those who report to you. 

This training program has been developed to provide you with elements that are keys to becoming an effective leader.  The topics you will discuss are designed to:

  • Broaden your understanding of JMU
  • Increase your self-awareness and your awareness of others on your team and around campus
  • Discover the questions to ask yourself to determine if leadership and supervision are for you

This program is designed to be helpful both for aspiring supervisors AND those who have been serving as a supervisor, whether recently or not.

Location: Wine-Price Building, Pathways Training Room

Session One
Emerging Leaders Introduction and Overview

Since participants in this series will be working together for a few weeks, the first session is designed to allow them to get to know each other and the instructors.  Participants will also learn about and discuss ways to successfully complete the Emerging Leaders series.

Presented by: Rick Larson, AVP, Human Resources, Training and Performance; Chuck Flick, Director of Human Resources; Jason Saunders, HR Consultant, Human Resources; Jackie Woolf, Classroom Technology Specialist, Center for Instructional Technology; Jennifer Kester, Human Resources; and Andrea Kiser, HR Consultant, Human Resources

Session Two
Understanding Leadership

This session will help prospective leaders understand the leadership culture at JMU. After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Identify five JMU leadership keys
  • Identify some models for leadership
  • Understand the importance of relationship building in leadership
  • Identify workplace success questions as defined by the Gallup Study

Presented by: Rick Larson, AVP, Human Resources, Training and Performance

Session Three
When I Grow Up

Session Three will help participants integrate the knowledge they are acquiring with the development needs of those they lead. After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of goals (and the process)
  • Define characteristics of achievable goals
  • Understand SMART/ER Goals
  • Create and assist others with the establishment of Individual Professional Development Plan

Presented by: Jason Saunders, HR Consultant, Human Resources and Andrea Kiser, HR Consultant, Human Resources

Session Four
Customer Service in Your Own Back Yard

Session Four will help prospective leaders understand that those they lead may be their most important customers. After completing this professional development course, you will be able to:

  • Identify all of your customers, both internal and external
  • Apply basic customer service tips to the employees within your department
  • Create a strategy for building appropriate relationships with those you may lead
  • Develop ways to balance office friendships with business relationships

Presented by: Jules Myers, Professional Development Specialist, Talent Development

Session Five
Leading with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This session will provide information, strategies and practice for leading with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to achieve enhanced results in performance through encouraging acceptance of differences and a commitment to DEI. Specific objectives for this module are:

  • Understand what diversity, equity, and inclusion are in the workplace
  • Practice navigating diversity, equity, and inclusion situations in the workplace
  • Take responsibility for leading with diversity, equity, and inclusion

Presented by: Jennifer Kester, Human Resources

Session Six
RISE Above Conflict

Prospective leaders will be provided with new strategies to deal with conflict proactively and effectively. By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify the most common causes of conflict in an organization
  • Identify outcomes of dealing with conflict constructively
  • Follow the steps to effectively deal with conflict
  • Identify resources for conflict resolution

Presented by: Chuck Flick, Director of Human Resources

Session Seven
The Power of Synergy

Session Seven will help participants recognize that healthy and productive teams will not develop without strong leaders to lead and coach them. After completing this module you will be able to:

  • List benefits of team building
  • Understand the power of synergy
  • List characteristics of effective teams
  • Identify the components of effective team work

Presented by: Jackie Woolf, Senior Educational Technology Engineer, Classroom Technology Services

Session Eight
The Cherry Tree Approach

This professional development course will help participants recognize the importance of integrity and honesty in a leadership role. After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Define ethics
  • Define integrity
  • Develop strategies for making ethical decisions
  • Identify the importance of integrity in the workplace

Presented by: Rick Larson, AVP, Human Resources, Training and Performance

Certificate Award Ceremony will celebrate the conclusion of the eight week program.

Facilitated by: Various presenters

Related Classes

Level: Fundamental

Type: All Inclusive

Competency: Leadership

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