Leadership Essentials: Advanced

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                             Not sure if Leadership Essentials: Advanced is the right program for you? Check out the programs below.

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Program Overview
Length 2-full day workshop OR 4 half day workshops | 3-self-paced online modules
Participants Faculty & Staff
Level First-Level Leader | Mid-Level Leader
Competencies Drives Engagement | Drives Results | Plans and Aligns | Directs Work | Builds Effective Teams
Start Date See OE Calendar
Credit/Credentials Certificate
Cost Covered by OE
Location Hybrid

About the Program

Leadership Essentials: Advanced (LEA) is our middle tier leadership development program. First-line leaders are the largest and arguably most important group of leaders in any organization. The linchpin in strategy execution, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement, they are the main driver of business results. The first-line leader is the last stop for communicating strategy and enabling employees to succeed.

This program will enable leaders to:

  • Deliver results through the people who report to them
  • Invest more effort in high-value activities
  • Coach team members to higher levels of performance
  • Build the team’s capability to drive business results through effective goal setting and delegation
  • Maximize team members’ willingness to provide discretionary effort

Program Structure

LEA is a blended learning experience combining synchronous workshops (in-person and virtual) with asynchronous online modules. Participants are able to self-register for the in-person component in Workday. At the end of your Leadership Essentials: Advanced journey, you will be eligible to apply or be nominated for the Leadership Essentials: Intensive Program. 

To receive the certificate, participants must complete all 3 online modules and synchronous workshops.

Offering two paths, an accelerated path and a modular path, provides flexibility for individuals pursuing their goals. Here's a breakdown of each:

E-Module LEA Orientation
Synchronous Workshops

LEA Accelerated

LEA Modular

Two-Day Workshop (9:00am - 4:30pm)

  • Day 1: Think Like a Leader & Coach Your Team
  • Day 2: Get Results Through Others & Engage People


Four Half-Day Workshops (9:00am - 12:00pm)

  • Workshop 1: Think Like A Leader
  • Workshop 2: Coach Your Team
  • Workshop 3: Get Results Through Others
  • Workshop 4: Engage People
  • Managing Virtual Teams
  • Unconscious Bias for Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • Policies Overview for PSOM Supervisors


Who Should Attend?

Open only to PSOM managers, team leads, faculty.

Workshop Topics

The workshops provide managers with skills to apply effective leadership practices in four core people-leadership areas. 

This workshop will enable participants to know what a successful leader is and does. Participants will explore their leadership strengths and challenges to better seek help, mentoring, and advice and invest your effort in high-value activities that deliver business results through the team.

This workshop will enable participants to recognize strengths and challenges for individuals and the team, provide reinforcing and developmental feedback, manage performance problems quickly and effectively, and use coaching to build competence and confidence.

This workshop will enable participants to develop and communicate clear, meaningful performance objectives, keep the team focused on critical priorities, delegate work to leverage and enhance the individual’s capabilities, experiences, and developmental goals and set clear expectations and create accountability.

This workshop will enable participants to know what drives employee engagement, attend to individual differences in engagement needs, strive for high levels of engagement for individuals and the team, and maintain a climate that encourages people to give 100% effort.

Online Modules

The first three topics are required to complete the program, however, it is strongly recommended that everyone complete Getting to Know Penn as a Manager - New Leader Assimilation module.

Working remotely has been on the rise for many years now, with research showing that hiring managers expect nearly half of all their workers to be working remotely over the next decade. While many trends feed into this way of organizing work, managing the work effectively will be key to the success of organizations globally. In this course, instructor Phil Gold provides managers with a clear approach for getting the most out of their remote teams. He zeros in on the key factors that will ensure productivity, engagement, and growth, as well as a manager’s role in building trust, removing roadblocks, nurturing connections with team members, and setting clear goals. Note: This course was featured in Market Watch, Inc., Fortune, Forbes, and Entrepreneur. 

Understanding our own biases is the first step to building a more inclusive workplace. The training sessions will be led by Brian Gittens, EdD, a nationally recognized leader in this field, and his team. Dr. Gittens has worked with us in the past. He has decades of experience working with the military, higher education, governmental organizations, corporations and non-profits, as well as academic medicine. We are confident that you will find these sessions to be both informative and inspiring. 

This online module focuses on giving you exposure to critical policies that you should know as a supervisor in PSOM. This is to It is not intended to cover all policies. 

By the completion of this module, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize frequently referenced University of Pennsylvania HR Policies & Procedures
  • Develop awareness to address situations appropriately
  • Discover resources available through Penn HR and Perelman HR

Strongly Recommended: This collection of self-guided web-based training courses provides new leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to hit the ground running as they step into management roles for the first time. This program is also useful for seasoned leaders who are looking to refresh their knowledge of Penn policies or keep up to date on best practices, or for non-management staff who are interested in someday stepping into a leadership position. Topics covered in this program include: 

  • Penn's Core Policies
  • Recruiting and Selection
  • Time, Attendance, and Pay Practices
  • Performance and Engagement
  • Safety On Campus
  • Health and Wellness 

(NOTE: This program will be required for all managers within the EVP divisions hired on or after 6/1/2021, and will also be a required prerequisite for Essentials of Management starting in October 2021.)