Course Summary
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4 weeks (144 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 organizational management


The course objective is to provide guidance for best practices in leading and guiding others as it pertains to the position of second-level supervisor.

Learning Outcomes:

  • enhance strategies to effectively rely on subordinate Supervisors to lead individual employee and team performance
  • gain the perspectives necessary to lead, influence and steer projects and/or people across diverse disciplines or teams in order to successfully meet objectives, requirements and schedules
  • understand the complexities involved in decision-making as a reviewing/deciding official in performance management
  • negotiate and balance competing drivers between subordinate Supervisors, line-employees, customers, stakeholders and superiors in delivering on mission
  • identify strategies to lead change that take both Executive direction and subordinate engagement into account
  • coach and/or mentor first-line Supervisors in developing their ability to balance the big picture with day-to-day operations
  • prepare to embrace that they are held accountable for subordinate Supervisors' decisions
  • understand how to represent DHS or Component in discussions, projects or strategies that involve partners outside of one's scope of supervision (e.g., non-DHS organizations, other internal Component organizations, other Components)
  • develop skills and tools that successfully help in identifying, justifying, negotiating or securing resources (e.g., funds, positions, tools) in an environment where multiple organizations are competing
  • understand the importance of reflecting DHS-wide strategic drivers (such as budget, legislative, national program goals, human capital initiatives) in leadership decisions and organizational priorities
  • improve techniques to effectively hold subordinate Supervisors accountable for their subordinates' decisions
  • be able to recognize strengths and limitations within the organizational structure and culture and lead initiatives to continuously evolve organizational performance.

General Topics:

  • Leader, follower, situation model
  • Mindset and credibility
  • Individual leader development
  • Unconscious bias
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuro-leadership and emotional intelligence
  • Influence
  • Motivation and engagement
  • The leader action cycle
  • Group strengths
  • Organizational culture and environment
  • Interpersonal communication and conflict resolution
  • Group structure and dynamics
  • Team building
  • Group cohesion
  • Decision making
  • Leading change
  • Ethics
  • Followership
  • Developing others
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials