Leadership Development Initiatives (LDI)

Track I—Foundations of Leadership 7-Course Series

Foundations of Leadership is a seven-course program the gives supervisors the essential knowledge, ideas and tools to help motivate, inspire and lead others. This highly-interactive program equips supervisors with the skills they need to build high-trust relationships through effective communication, delegation and conflict resolution. Participants also learn essential management skills for running effective meetings, performance management and training.

LDI-coverParticipants Learn How To:

  • Create high-trust relationships
  • Build a positive work environment
  • Foster a culture that honors, values and respects diversity
  • Communicate with integrity
  • Listen with empathy and understanding
  • Turn conflict into an opportunity for change and growth
  • Develop employees to perform to their highest potential
  • Plan and organize based on organizational priorities
  • Run efficient & effective meetings in five-minutes or less
  • Delegate fairly and effectively

These sessions have not only taught me a great deal about management and leadership and equipped me with practical skills that I can apply immediately, but they have also afforded me an opportunity to network with colleagues across campus that I might not have otherwise met. ~Niambi Wilder
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Who Should Attend
All university supervisors, or aspiring supervisors, can benefit and are encouraged to attend this program. A broad mix of experience levels contributes to the dynamic learning environment that makes this program valuable for all participants. Foundations of Leadership is particularly helpful to supervisors with less than 5 years’ experience.

How it Works
To earn a certificate of completion, participants need to complete all 7 courses. Courses can be taken individually, but it is highly-recommended that participants take all 7 courses in order as the relationships that are developed are an integral part of the learning experience.

$75 for each student per course, or $525 to earn a certificate for all 7 courses. CANCELLATION/NO SHOW POLICY: If you need to cancel, please do so by 9am two business days before the session.  Not doing so or ‘no showing’ will result in a $25 administration fee charged to the noted KFS account.

How to Register
All active courses are on the university’s training website: training.umd.edu. You will need your approving supervisor’s name and KFS # to complete the registration.

Course Sequence
LDI 1-1              Keys to a Positive Workplace
LDI 1-2              Communication Essentials
LDI 1-3              Conflict as Opportunity
LDI 1-4              Delegation as Empowerment
LDI 1-5              Leading Effective Meetings
LDI 1-6              Leaders as Trainers
LDI 1-7              Performance Management Fundamentals

Course Descriptions


Keys to a positive workplace gives leaders the skills and ideas for creating a high-trust work environment where employees feel accepted, appreciated, valued, respected and connected.  Participants learn and practice a simple, yet powerful three-step model for engaging and including everyone from basic to more complex situations or opportunities.


The objective of this course is to equip leaders with the communication skills to build trust, improve understanding and elevate performance. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the barriers to effective communication. They learn and practice a 7-Step communication tool to clear away misunderstandings and build high-trust relationships.


The purpose of this course is to equip leaders with the insight, knowledge and skills to effectively resolve conflict in the workplace. Instead of viewing conflict as bad or stressful, we explore how to view conflict as a powerful opportunity for personal and organizational change. Leaders learn and apply powerful tools which help them learn to put conflict into perspective and prepare them to resolve it in a healthy, productive way.


Delegation is the most essential and misunderstood leadership skill. This course helps leaders understand that delegation is not about assigning work—it’s about empowering and developing people to learn, grow and accept increasing amounts of responsibility. Participants learn and practice a delegation tool that encourages employees do to the work because they want to, not because they have to.


A Gallup survey found that American businesses waste an estimated $37 billion dollars each year in lost productivity due to unnecessary and inefficient meetings. Typically, participants find that they can eliminate half their meetings and free up at least 700 hours of time a year. This course gives leaders the tools to decide when or if meetings are necessary. Participants learn and apply skills for running meetings that are quick, efficient and outcome-focused.


One of the most important, yet often overlooked, responsibilities of a leader is to ensure that their team is fully trained and cross-trained. This course equips participants with the knowledge and tools to help create a train and develop employees to ensure the department runs efficiently and effectively. Leaders also explore how Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are essential for every position.


This is the capstone course for the Foundations of Leadership series. This course gives leaders a simple, fair and effective process for ensuring that employees are involved and engaged in establishing and achieving performance objectives. This process also includes a strong emphasis on ensuring everyone has the knowledge, training and skills needed to perform in the current position as well as opportunities to prepare for future positions.


Description: This is a dynamic, highly-participatory program is designed to help supervisors who have a minimum of five years’ experience take their leadership to the next level. The objective is to equip supervisors with the knowledge and skills to inspire, coach and empower employees to perform at their best, build high-trust relationships at any level (up, down or across), make data-driven decisions and create a positive, flexible, change-friendly culture.

During this intensive, two-day program, participants will learn how to:

  • How to lead by principle and why it matters
  • Practice listening skills at any level
  • Apply a change model to create a change-friendly culture
  • Practice making data-driven decisions
  • Conduct a performance and growth coaching session

Who Should Attend? Experienced Supervisors



Last updated: September 19, 2019