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LEAD: Supervisory Essentials

The LEAD (Supervisory Essentials) program, is required for all supervisors of University staff hired into a supervisory position after January 1, 2010 (Policy HR 1.51 [pdf]). It consists of seven courses with a total of 16 online training hours.

Note: LEAD is only for supervisors of staff and HR Contacts. Non-supervisors are not permitted in the program.

Review our training calendar or course list by subject to register for any of the courses.


Program Curriculum 

  • Class 1: Leading at UofSC/Writing Position Descriptions (2.5 hours)
  • Class 2: Hiring at UofSC (2 hours)
  • Class 3: Interviewing and Selecting Employees (2 hours)
  • Class 4: Flexing Your Leadership Style (2 hours)
  • Class 5: Setting Expectations and Coaching (3 hours)
  • Class 6: Tackling Difficult Conversations (2 hours)
  • Class 7: Managing Expectations (2.5 hours)

Courses should be completed within 18 months of hire into a supervisory position. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions and answers about our LEAD, Managing High Performing Teams and Effective Communications certificate programs.


Note: Employees should always obtain supervisory approval to attend training courses offered through Organizational and Professional Development. 


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