Foundations of Leadership (FOL)

Foundations of Leadership (FOL) Program Series

Leading, managing, and coaching people are important elements of a manager’s/supervisor’s role at Tufts. Hiring the right candidate and taking an active role in employee performance development contributes to the success and growth of the employee, department, school/division, and ultimately the university.

The FOL Program Series is comprised of modules designed to provide managers and supervisors the key skills and competencies to be effective leaders and managers.

Participants may register for each of the modules at the convenience of their schedules, or when a particular module topic is relevant to their immediate, or short term future needs. It is recommended that new managers and supervisors complete the Program Series within the first 12-18 months in the new role.

FOL Program Series modules

Module: Foundations of Leadership

Duration: 2-days

This module is a pre-requisite for the other modules in the FOL Program Series. This 2-day module sets the foundation by introducing the key skills and competencies required to be an effective leader at Tufts.

Module Learning Objectives:

  • Give examples of actions that demonstrate each of the Tufts Leadership Competencies
  • Identify personal strengths and opportunities demonstrating the Leadership Competencies
  • Describe the components of the Situational Leadership® model
  • Practice matching the appropriate Leadership Style to the employee’s development level for a specific task or goal
  • Demonstrate application of the Situational Leadership® model during a coaching conversation
  • Describe the purpose of each phase of the Performance Development Program
  • State the guidelines for delivering effective feedback
  • Prepare for a feedback conversation
  • Demonstrate a feedback conversation that incorporates the feedback guidelines and communication skills
  • Identify personal strengths and opportunities in providing feedback

Module: FOL: Creating Effective Performance Plans for Success

Duration: 1 day

Module under revision, coming winter 2015.

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Module: FOL: Writing and Delivering Annual Performance Reviews

Duration: 1 day

Module under revision, coming winter 2015.

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Module: FOL: Interviewing Techniques for Effective Hiring

Duration: 1 day

Module under revision, coming winter 2015.

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eLearning: Taleo for Hiring Managers

Duration: 20-30 minutes, Self-paced eLearning

Module under revision, coming Fall 2014.

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Module: FOL: Approaches to Challenging Communications

Duration: 1 day

Module under revision, coming winter 2015.


HOW TO REGISTER: Log into http://eserve.hr.tufts.edu/ (Employee Self Service). Click on “Learning and Development” then “Request Training Enrollment”, enter “Foundations” for course name, and choose the session you would like to attend.