Supervisory Leadership

Purpose and Intended Audience

Human Resource Services is pleased to deliver a high impact Supervisory Leadership Program. The content is customized to meet the specific needs of Supervisors within the University of Alberta context. This nine (9) full-day transformational program engages learners in interactive, experiential workshop sessions that feature relevant University of Alberta workplace case studies, planning exercises, self-assessments, and tools to apply directly to the workplace. The activities: in-class and online discussions and a comprehensive project and presentation give the learners many opportunities to gain insight into their supervisory and leadership strengths and to develop strategies for improving their skills.

The Supervisory Leadership Program Snapshot

We offer the program twice per year from September to November and February to April (dates approximate). There are 9 sessions in total. There will be one full day (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) session held each week (approximately 9 weeks long for the entire program).


In the Being module, you will apply your learning to self-awareness including values and ethics, personal mission and vision, personality types, learning styles, and time management.


In the Knowing module, you will apply your learning to awareness of others, emotional and social intelligence, supervisory roles, coaching and mentoring, leading through change, and team development.


The final module, Doing, will take what you have learned, put it into further practice through the examination of organizational awareness, performance development and management, problem-solving and decision making, and finally, developing internal and external customer relationships.

Why Get Involved?

Growth - The Program is intended to help you enhance your leadership performance and personal development.

Workplace Transfer - The Program helps you deal with real workplace situations and issues, and will transfer what you learn to new situations.

Rewarding - The Program offers exemplary, practical, relevant content. Nine out of ten program alumnae say "it has improved or enhanced my workplace skills."

What to Expect

Participants are expected to:

  • Attendance Policy: The program requires that participants attend the full 9 days to graduate. This means participants must be free of commitments and vacations for all 9 days, with the exception of emergency circumstances and workplace accommodations.
  • Participate in a learning opportunity project to apply concepts from the program.
  • Participants can expect to spend 2-5 hours outside of class time to prepare, complete assignments, work on their project, engage in online discussions, and meet to discuss progress with direct Supervisor/Mgr. Time needed will vary depending on participants learning pace and style.

Managers are expected to:

  • Attend the orientation (8:30-10: 30 AM first day) with their staff member and participate in a program overview, learning project guidelines and online component orientation.
  • Be knowledgeable about the program content for discussion and coaching purposes.
  • Provide support to the learner throughout the program by enabling conditions in which the learner can practice and transfer elements he or she is learning.
  • Provide ongoing feedback and mentoring to the learner as she or he completes program activities.
  • Commit to supporting a learning opportunity project applicable to your work area.
  • Observe your participant's project presentation for a 1/2 hr time slot between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the last day.

What are people saying about Supervisory Leadership?

"This course was great! It was especially helpful in having everyone in the course coming from the University of Alberta environment. It allowed us to communicate and relate at a common level."

"The group discussions were fantastic and gave real-life experience with real situations. The content was relevant and one is able to apply to daily situations. Knowing you (supervisor) are not the only one going through something was reassuring."

"Overall it has been an amazing heightening of awareness of many skills that are easily not utilized. I feel what I have learned and re-visited will help me extremely as I increase my supervisory exposure in my area. Rule #6!!!"

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