President's Report Masthead
March 31, 2013

Pilot program to develop next generation of leaders

A Leadership Development Program for Binghamton University supervisors has been developed through a partnership with the Center for Leadership Studies and the University Center for Training and Development. The pilot program will be in fall 2013, and will be offered to two cohorts of 20 supervisors from across all divisions and departments. Participants may be nominated by their supervisor, or self-nominated.

The program will blend interactive leadership training sessions at the School of Management’s Center for Leadership Studies with online managerial modules offered through the University Center for Training and Development to provide specialized training for Binghamton University supervisors.

The program is based on 10 core competencies:
  1. Communication — Listening and conveying information clearly
  2. Ethics — Embracing ethical behavior in general and, specifically, adhering to Binghamton’s core values, as well as applicable federal, state and system rules and requirements
  3. Adaptability — Remaining flexible and effective in times of challenge and change
  4. Conflict Management/Problem Solving — Identifying problems and solutions; settling disputes in an equitable manner
  5. Valuing Diversity — Appreciating differences among all individuals
  6. Building Relationships — Collaborating effectively and motivating others to accomplish the goals of the University
  7. Organizational Awareness/Risk Management — Understanding the University’s mission and functions and how to perform effectively; identifying and assessing exposure to risk within our system and determining how best to manage such situations
  8. Team Building — Building trust with staff and other co-workers
  9. Customer Service — Demonstrating respect, responsiveness and professionalism toward others, in accordance with Binghamton’s reputation for excellence
  10. Technical Skills — Job-specific and University-related, including financial/budget management, staff performance and evaluation, applicable union contracts

Three interrelated components are at the heart of the training program: interactive classroom sessions, online training modules and mentoring.
Interactive sessions — Topics and activities in the three half-day classroom sessions will include leadership theory, self-assessment exercises, practice exercises and improvement planning. Each session is designed to promote collaborative learning and development of professional networks.

Classroom presentations, discussion and exploration of developmental opportunities and resources will focus on:
  • Individual Leadership Transformational Leadership (influencing, motivating, etc.)
  • Transactional Leadership
  • Team Leadership (empowerment, coaching, decision making, etc.)
  • Organizational Leadership (adaptability, judgment, integrity, etc.)
  • Supervisory Responsibilities at Binghamton University (budget/financial management, labor relations, performance/evaluation programs, etc.)

Online modules — Supervisory responsibilities, including performance/evaluation programs, tenure and sabbaticals, and financial/budget management, will be addressed in a series of short online modules, supplementing the interactive/classroom component.

Mentoring — As a means of developing a strategic understanding of how leadership is practiced across a variety of settings and situations on campus, each participant will be assigned a mentor.

Nominations will be made in April and selected participants will be notified in May. Half-day sessions will be held in October, November and December 2013.