Leadership Development - Human Resources - Carnegie Mellon University

Leadership Development

Leadership is key to organizational growth, change, and renewal. Great leaders take advantage of their natural talents and take the time to learn the skills they’ll need to effectively manage others. Leadership is developed daily through job opportunities, interactions with bosses and colleagues, and educational experiences. Developing leadership expertise is necessary for success throughout one’s career: individual contributors, first-level managers, and university leaders.

The Leadership Development Model

Many aspects of leadership can be learned and practiced by every person, regardless of their position. Other aspects of leadership are uniquely required at specific levels. The Leadership Development Model will help you consider which competencies would provide the most value for you at your current career stage, as well as in the future.

The Leadership Development seminars are organized into three types of competencies that leading research has identified as critical in attaining success in ALL types of positions:

  • achieving results,
  • leading and working as part of a team, and
  • respecting yourself and others.

In addition, we encourage you to take functional courses that relate to your unique duties—such as Oracle classes, time management, PowerPoint skills, etc. We recommend classes for all career levels, whether you are an individual contributor, manager or senior leader within the university.

Leadership Development Model Brochure (.pdf)

Using the Leadership Development Model to Create Your Professional Development Plan

Make your development a priority. Use the Leadership Development Model (.pdf) checklist to determine which courses you would like to take, as well as to review the courses you have already taken. We encourage you to formulate a development plan with your manager during an annual performance review or one-on-one meeting. Use the Checklist to note the courses you would like to take; and then check them off as you attend them so you can easily review your progress in meeting your development goals.

Choose the courses you should take by considering your own weaknesses and strengths; the advice of colleagues or mentors; feedback from managers and performance reviews; the topics that most interest you; the duties of your current or desired position; and, of course, the courses that are being offered by L&D. Try to take at least one Learning and Development course per term. These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to you. They usually last about two to three hours and are scheduled on campus for your convenience.