Leadership Essentials – Winter 2024

Leadership Essentials will be starting in January of 2024. Leadership Essentials at Carleton is a program is built to help develop mid-level leaders on campus. The program started in 2011, and has been conducted six times. We have modified the series based on feedback from attendees and their supervisors.

This series is designed for a cohort of up to twenty-five participants, selected through a nomination process. Human Resources, in partnership with College Leadership, will review requests and nominations to select the final cohort. Information regarding session dates and times will be sent to those who are selected to attend.

Leadership on campus can take many forms, and we invite all staff to consider participating in a future cohort.

Leadership Essentials consists of six half-day sessions: five are led by an external partner, Bruce Roselle, PhD, and one is led by internal talent. The objective of each session is to provide perspective on a critical component of leadership. The sessions give participants the opportunity to look more deeply at themselves, to discuss a specific leadership component with others, and learn a new tool to use in becoming more effective at that leadership component. In February, participants complete a 360 degree assessment, after which, they are provided with individual coaching sessions with Bruce. In addition, Bruce sends monthly emails to the attendee’s supervisors so they are also able to help the attendee build and retain the skills taught in the course.

Requirements to Participate

  • NOMINATION PERIOD CLOSED 12/6/23 – Must go through the nomination process – and yes, you can nominate yourself!
  • Must have worked at Carleton for at least 1 year
  • Have not already completed this program

Please feel free to reach out to Human Resources by email: hr@carleton.edu

Session 1 – Jan 24, 2024 10a-2p: Managing Crucial Conversations

In order to communicate effectively, leaders must listen at a deeper level and understand the importance of managing the tone of your message. In this module, participants will learn tools to manage the flow of a conversation and communication techniques that soften the bluntness of their opinion as well as providing a vehicle for directly stating one’s feelings and beliefs. 

Session 2 – Feb 21, 2024 10a-2p: Conflict Resolution & Creating Effective Teams

Conflict Resolution:  Discusses several different approaches to conflict and participants will gain tools to give them a framework for working through conflict to a successful conclusion. 

Creating Effective Teams: Teams tend to function at a high level of effectiveness and satisfaction when members feel a sense of shared ownership and common purpose, a belief that their ideas are valued along with those of their teammates, and optimism that their input will be used in making decisions. Participants learn the components that create highly effective teams. 

Session 3 – Mar 20, 2024 10a-2p: Embracing Feedback, Managing Fear

It is critical to develop a mindset in which managers continually look for ways to grow, to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses.  People tend to ignore or minimize feedback when they are too afraid to hear the message.  This module helps participants uncover their irrational fears and faulty beliefs and see how these become obstacles to their own growth and effectiveness. 

Session 4 – April 17, 2024 10a-2p: Resource Management to Achieve Results & Creative Thinking

Resource Management to Achieve Results: Leading effectively means being efficient with time and resources. Participants learn how to use a delegation tool to recognize the importance of looking for tasks that are appropriate for others to handle, to fully consider whether it is critical for them to handle the task, and to think about the time sensitivity of tasks.

Creative Thinking:  An organization is creative when its employees do something new and useful without being directed to do so, the results of which are improvements and innovations.  In this session, participants are introduced to three approaches to creative problem solving to help them work more creatively with their teams. 

Session 5 – May 22, 2024 10a-2p: Motivation and Problem Solving & Coaching Others

Motivation and problem solving: A motivating vision and clear, open communication are components critical to achieving results in an optimistic, high quality and timely fashion. Participants will learn how to apply a problem-solving tool to use when people are somewhat de-motivated about a situation or just unsure how to get out of a spot where they feel stuck. 

Coaching Others: Participants will learn the most common strategies leaders use to create higher productivity. In this session, participants learn a model for cultivating their growth and development and practice a coaching discussion tool to help them give feedback and direction.

Session 6 – June 12, 2024 10a-2p: Employment Practices at Carleton & Graduation Celebration

  • 10am – 12pm: This module will be lead by the HR team and include a discussion of employment policies at Carleton along with general employment law information.
  • 12p – 1p: Lunch with President Byerly and Division Heads
  • 1p – 2p: Celebrate program completion and social time.