Leadership & Supervisory Development

In-Person Training for Managers, Chairs and Leads

Watch for and enroll in the following highly recommended workshops:

  • Building and Sustaining Trust (4 hours)
  • Communicating for Leadership Success (4 hours)
  • Conversations to Inspire Performance (4 hours)
  • Principles of Supervision (2 days)
  • Valuing and Evaluating Staff (2 hours)

Online Resources for Leaders

Talent Management Toolkits

CSU Systemwide Professional Development has developed Talent Management Tookits to help new and experienced managers throughout the CSU.  Click one of the links below, select our campus, sign-in, and explore the resources.

Manager Tools "Basics" Podcasts

The Wall Street Journal has featured these Manager Tools "Basics" podcasts that are based on four core activities of effective managers:

  • One on Ones
  • Feedback
  • Coaching
  • Delegation

Read the Wall Street Journal article on How to Be a Better Manager in 30 Minutes a Week to found out more about how these podcasts can help you! While the advice is private industry focused, the concepts are still important for any manager. You may even enjoy their app or book, Effective Manager by Mark Horstman.

Leadership Coach Videos

Kris Plachy's podcasts provide short instructional videos at http://leadershipcoachllc.com/podcast/
Suggested search topics:

  • Difficult behavior
  • Difficult person
  • Difficult conversation
  • What to do when you've been labeled as the difficult person
  • Leading and managing victim employees
  • Don't feed the problems
  • Dealing with what's difficult
  • Three shades of difficult people
  • When was the last time you checked what you believed?
  • How managers can help employees deal with difficult people


The campus' contract with lynda.com offers free access to leadership videos, tools and more.  Try logging in with your campus portal account and password, and search for some of the following topics to get you started:

  • Communication Fundamentals
  • Influencing Others
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Management Fundamentals
  • Mindful Leadership


The campus library is always a fabulous resource to browse and check out some leadership books.  But we also have access to free electronic books through CSU's Skillport. Click the link, select our campus, sign-in using your campus portal login and password, and explore the resources. Need some help getting started? Search for:

  • Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand by Frank J. Pietrucha
  • Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute
  • The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute
  • Catalytic Coaching by Garold L. Markle
  • Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey