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Learn Practical, Effective Leadership Skills

The Leadership and Management Program

In the St. Thomas Leadership and Management Program, you’ll focus on the essentials of successful leadership so that you can deliver results back to your team and organization right away.

Leaders are called to think critically, make tough calls, motivate others and drive business results. Leaders also need to know themselves—both their strengths and their blindspots.

The Leadership and Management Program is ideal for those who are new in a leadership role or technical experts in their first role with direct reports. You’ll start with a self-assessment to get a baseline of your leadership abilities. In the sessions that follow, you’ll expand your leadership toolkit:

  • Improve your strategic decision-making ability and bring positive change to your organization
  • Broaden your perspective beyond your department, function, or business
  • Build and maintain high-trust relationships with stakeholders at all levels
  • Leverage available resources to better manage the complexity of your day-to-day job
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Delegate—get work done through others
  • Increase your personal credibility with others
  • Gain confidence to take on your expanding leadership responsibilities, including becoming more comfortable making difficult choices

Case studies, simulations, group discussions and real-world exercises give you opportunities to practice your new leadership skills, so you’re well prepared to use them at work. Small class sizes create a collaborative learning environment and help you build your network of fellow leaders. Sessions are held on the downtown Minneapolis campus, and parking is available within one block. There are no prerequisites for this program.


Abbey Welle

Program Manager
Phone Number
(651) 962-4616

Registration Deadline

This program includes some pre-reading and an assessment. In order to assure you are ready to begin the first day, please plan to register at least five days prior to the program start date.
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Is This Program Right For You?

Our Leadership and Management program is designed for professionals who are ready to elevate their impact within their role and organization as a transformational leader. This program is ideal for new leaders, or those who went from a strong individual contributor to a leader of a group without much formal leadership training. Managers in pursuit of greater leadership responsibilities and career advancement also benefit. Participant titles and/or job functions may include, but are not limited to:

  • First-time Manager
  • New Middle Manager
  • Front line Manager
  • Branch Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • New Senior Manager or Director
  • Functional Managers, i.e. Operations, Marketing, Sales, R&D, Finance, IT, HR
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Benefits of This Program

After completing the Leadership and Management program, you’ll be better equipped to:

Build trusting relationships. Gain respect from all areas of your company.
Increase your personal awareness. Understand how you lead and how others perceive your actions.

Lead with confidence. Managing will always have its challenges, but our program strengthens your ability to make difficult decisions.

Delegate. It’s essential to be able to delegate tasks, so you can focus your key leadership responsibilities.

In this program, you’ll also gain a new network of professional peers—your fellow classmates. You can turn to this network for support long after the program ends.

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Executive Education: The Leadership and Management Program

Learn more about The Leadership and Management Program delivered by St. Thomas Executive Education. Learn important soft skills on how to lead others from our skilled instructors, Betty Bowman and Lynn Olsen.


The Leadership and Management Program focuses on two key areas: emotional and social intelligence, and strategic decision-making. During 6 full day sessions over the course of two weeks you’ll learn about:

  • Transitioning from an expert to a manager to a leader
  • Strategic thinking, planning and decision-making
  • Systems thinking
  • Change management and leadership
  • Leveraging your emotional strengths
  • Managing your emotions that cause performance risks
  • Empathy -- the key to understanding other stakeholders
  • Increasing your impact when influencing, inspiring, and empowering.
  • Developing your personal career strategy
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St. Thomas Executive Education programs give you cutting-edge, practical knowledge and real-world skills you can apply at work the very next day. Gain the tools and techniques to be a more effective, strategic leader.
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