Foundations of Supervision (FOS) is a comprehensive two-part program designed to provide new U-M supervisors with critical and technical supervisory information and best practices in leadership development. FOS content is contextualized to address contemporary workplace issues related to being an effective supervisor in the University of Michigan’s decentralized, higher education environment.
Both parts of the program are a combination of formal and informal learning activities aimed at providing participants with a well-rounded, personal learning experience. Classroom activities include a mixture of discussions, case-studies, lectures, guest speakers, and other experiential activities. Informal learning activities are intended to enhance the classroom experience and include brief class readings, selection of and meeting with personal advisors, a brief research or workplace application project for class presentation, check-in meetings with supervisors, and networking opportunities.
Foundations of Supervision II: Leading Others Successfully
This next level program is organized around the U-M Organizational Competencies, focusing on vital interpersonal and critical thinking skills to transform supervisors into successful leaders.
- Introduction to Leadership
- Advancing the Mission
- Developing Self and Others
- Communication and Relationship Building
- Creative Problem Solving
- Customer Service
- Leadership Achievement
- Concluding Activities
Individuals with at least one year of supervisory experience who would like to understand the differences between being a supervisor and being a leader
Michigan Medicine employees should visit MyLINC for information on the Leading Successfully at UMHS and Managing Successfully at UMHS programs, which are offered at no charge to Michigan Medicine employees and are customized for that audience. Medical School faculty are encouraged to attend Essential Skills for Successful Leadership, which is offered by the Michigan Medicine Office of Faculty Development.
Before enrolling in Foundations of Supervision II: Leading Others Successfully, it is recommended that participants wait a minimum of 6 months after completion of Foundations of Supervision I. Our hope is that you will take the time to apply what you learned in Foundations of Supervision I: Maximizing Performance with your team.
Advancing the Mission
Building Relationships and Interpersonal Skills
Creative Problem Solving and Strategic Thinking
Development of Self and Others
Leadership and Achievement Orientation