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Leadership Development Programs


ETD has provided support to hundreds of Minnesota state employees in their leadership development through our SEAL, ELI, and SLI programs. Many of our alumni have experienced increased opportunities and career advancement as a direct result of the development and preparation acquired through our programs.

Begin the path to leadership by enrolling in our Strategic Effectiveness for Aspiring Leaders (SEAL) program. This four (4) day program is filled with opportunities to explore readiness for leadership responsibilities and will provide you with the basic fundamentals to support your potential move into roles with broader leadership implications.

Our Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) and Senior Leadership Institute (SLI) are premier programs in leadership development. These cohort-based programs include sessions covering leadership topics delivered over a course of seven months for ELI and Three months for SLI. All employees who meet the program requirements are welcome to apply via their Agency’s internal process. Agencies will then determine which candidates to support for participation based on candidate readiness for future leadership opportunities. An executive committee comprised of senior leaders and past ELI and SLI graduates will review all agency-supported applications and select the final cohort participants for the Fall 2019 program.

Note: Participation in the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) and the Senior Leadership Institute (SLI) is by application only. Visit each course page for more information on application requirements and deadlines. 

APPLY TO ELI AND SLI

Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a cohort-based leadership development program that prepares future leaders in Minnesota government. Over the course of seven months, participants experience instruction from topical experts, small group interaction, interviews with other leaders and 360 feedback assessments designed to build self-awareness in a leadership context. Two (2) groups of thirty six (36) participants embark each September on a journey that increases knowledge of public sector leadership, individual leadership effectiveness, and develops important skills through critical thinking, interviews, study, and reflection. Join the hundreds of ELI alumni that have increased their responsibilities and received promotions in state government as a result of completing this program.
  • Competencies: Drives for Results, Establishes Stretch Goals, Innovates, Practices Self-Development
  • Skills: Creative Thinking, Interpersonal, Leadership, Strategic Thinking
 

Senior Leadership Institute (SLI)

The Senior Leadership Institute (SLI) focuses on preparing more experienced managers and directors for higher administrative roles in leadership. The ten (10) session Senior Leadership Institute is delivered in partnership with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The content fosters creativity and innovation in state government and builds leadership skills in a systems context. SLI equips leaders with the tools they need to positively impact the complexity of public issues in today’s challenging environment.
  • Competencies: Champions Change, Develops Others, Drives for Results, Innovates
  • Skills: Creative Thinking, Leadership, Strategic Thinking
 

Strategic Effectiveness for Aspiring Leaders (SEAL)

Strategic Effectiveness for Aspiring Leaders (SEAL) is ideal for state employees in non-management roles that aspire to become leaders in state government and wish to build skills that will move them towards this goal. Through defining the characteristics of a leader, participants will learn how they can lead more effectively, regardless of title. Topics include strategic problem solving, presenting to senior-level staff, effective communication and integration of your personal strengths into a leadership development plan.
  • Competencies: Communicates Powerfully and Prolifically, Innovates, Practices Self-Development, Takes Initiative
  • Skills: Communication, Leadership, Team Building
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