Fast Track for New Supervisors

The Talent Development team is excited to offer a new opportunity for supervisors who have been in their role less than six months. “Fast Track for New Supervisors” is a unique opportunity to build the core competencies of leadership to support the university’s aspirations for talent development.

The program consists of four modules provided in a blended instructor-led and online format with required pre- and post-work. The modules are designed to provide meaningful, relevant, and practical knowledge, skills, and abilities to help new supervisors be on the fast track to success. 

The four core modules include:

The key core of all effective leadership is the ability to communicate well and recognize that others may express themselves differently. Thinking with clarity, expressing those ideas, and sharing the information across audiences is the ultimate supervisor's tool. You will:

  • Learn what it means to be in your role as a supervisor at Virginia Tech.
  • Develop your communication and leadership style with Myers-Briggs to adapt and communicate successfully to appropriate parties.
  • Deepen your understanding and exemplify Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community.

The performance of yourself and others drives the success of your team and organization. Knowing how to bring out the best in others and yourself is vital. You will learn how to:

  • Interpret and understand how the organizational goals relate to internal and external environments and seek continuous improvement through tracking performance.
  • Recognize the importance of coaching and providing continuous, fair and honest feedback by regularly meeting with employees to provide guidance, assess, and review developmental progress.
  • Understand how to address issues proactively and effectively.

Developing your team is an important part of being a supervisor. Yet, building teams, coaching to the next level, and managing the process is challenging. As a supervisor, you need to take responsibility of the team to provide collaborative opportunities within and with other departments. This will help you:

  • Make decisions based on the most complete, accurate information, consulting with a subject matter expert if necessary and considering others’ perspectives.
  • Engage and empower others to make decisions through delegation to create positive growth opportunities for the team.
  • Demonstrate dealing with conflict in an appropriate, timely and constructive manner.
  • Gain the flexibility and adaptability to embrace and lead through change and adjust as needed.

Knowing your resources is a fundamental support for all new supervisors. This will enable you to make ethical and timely decisions while perceiving the impact and implications of those decisions. Discover best practices in:

  • Identifying how to hire and effectively onboard your new team member.
  • Knowing on-campus resources, such as HR, and what they can do to support you in understanding policies and employment law.
  • Understanding how setting the right climate and culture can motivate employees and allow space to deal with failure.