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Strategic Leadership Program

As a supervisor at the UW, you may have the opportunity to participate in Level 1 of the Strategic Leadership Program (SLP). SLP provides a comprehensive education in the essential elements of leadership, in general and specific to the University, and is integral to the success of supervisors at the UW.


SLP was developed and is facilitated by Professional & Organizational Development (POD). The curriculum is designed to teach you how to be successful as a supervisor at the University and achieve exceptional performance from your staff. SLP focuses on four aspects of management:

SLP is delivered over a two-week period with classes two consecutive days one week and two the following week. After completing the four-day training, you’ll receive a certificate from POD.

SLP is centrally funded; for eligible supervisors, there’s no cost to you or your department.



The Provost and Executive Vice President expect all UW supervisors to complete Level 1 of SLP; this includes supervisors who are new to the UW or have been promoted to a supervisory position.

SLP received central funding in 1999, and the first full workshops started in 2000. The goals of the original program included providing equal access to training, improving the quality of work life, and reducing University liabilities. The program received broad support from groups that included the Board of Deans, labor unions, the Professional Staff Organization, the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO), and the University Human Resources Committee (UHRC).

POD developed all aspects of SLP, from budget to curriculum, with input from focus groups, surveys of UW supervisors, consultations with key departments, and analyses of best practices at peer institutions and in the public sector.

POD continues to revise and update the program in response to emerging management trends, the changing University environment, and other factors.

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