Leadership Development Program to be piloted in the fallTweet
A pilot program to provide professional development for supervisors across all campus departments and divisions will launch in fall 2013. The Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Supervisors will initially be offered to two cohorts of 20 supervisors each. Participants will be selected by other supervisors or self-nominated.
“Our desire is to invest in our people and create leaders from within,” said JoAnn Navarro, associate vice president for administrative services.”We’ve developed versions of this program in the past geared toward specific areas, but this program is appropriate for every supervisor on campus.”
The cohorts will include both faculty and professional employees, allowing participants to learn from each other in a way that heterogeneous cohorts wouldn’t, Navarro added. “This is a pilot program and we’ll survey participants when it’s over and tweak it based on the feedback we get.”
Shelley Dionne, associate professor in the School of Management and associate director of the University’s Center for Leadership Studies, has helped to shape the program. “With the diversity across the cohorts, participants will see ‘Your problems aren’t that different from mine,’” she said. “This will be common, foundational training that people can work with.”
“One of the things I find so exciting about this program is that is has been developed specifically for Binghamton, by Binghamton faculty,” President Harvey Stenger said. “The 10 core competencies that will be covered during the program will help our next cadre of leaders develop the skills they need to advance Binghamton University to premier status in the academic and professional arenas.”
There will be three interrelated components at the heart of the training program: half-day, interactive classroom sessions; online training modules; and mentoring.
Dionne will teach one half-day in the classroom, as will Associate Professor Kim Jaussi, and the team of CLS Director Fran Yammarino and University Ombudsman Dawn Osborne-Adams.
Topics and activities in the classroom sessions will include leadership theory, self-assessment exercises, practice exercises and improvement planning. “This is exactly what we can do,” said Dionne. “We looked at the 10 foundational competencies and we’re going to teach leadership skills that fold them all in, with consistent messages from people who believe in Binghamton.”
Each classroom session is designed to promote collaborative learning and the development of professional networks, Dionne said.
“We believe in building that network across campus,” she said. “Participants will experience individual personal growth, group-based development and strategic thinking, and we’re part of that network.”
The online modules will be electives tailored for specific roles on campus, said Carol Bell, assistant director of the University Center for Training and Development. “The modules are going to be videotaped and they will be available on the Web so participants can do them in between their interactive classroom sessions,” she said. “We’re also leaving them on the website so people can use them for reference later on, whether or not they participated in the program.”
Online modules will cover supervisory responsibilities, including performance/evaluation programs, tenure and sabbaticals, and financial/budget management.
“Participants will get the best of both worlds – the leadership component and the culture of Binghamton University as well,” Bell said.
The final component of the program – mentoring – will pair participants with on-campus mentors chosen from across divisions, said Navarro, who encourages nominations for the program. “We want people to want to attend this,” she said.
For more information on the program, and to nominate someone or self-nominate, visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/uctd/leadership/index.html. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, April 30.