Fundamentals of Leadership Program

Program Description

This is an eight-month, cohort-based program. The purpose of this program is to improve the leadership capabilities of full time SMHS faculty and staff in administrative roles within SMHS.  The program is focused on enhancing fundamental leadership competencies related to leading individuals, teams and change. The target audience are those who are in administrative roles directing programs, functions, centers and large-scale projects.

The program uses a learning approach to effective leadership development based on work by Jay Conger, incorporating conceptual understanding about leadership, skill building, feedback, and reflection.

The program will begin with individual pre-work developing or refining a project plan for one work-related project the participant wants to focus on developing throughout the eight months. This will be shared and discussed at the first session. Thereafter, the cohort will meet to explore and discuss various leadership competencies and how they can be applied to the project. A small amount of reading and individual work will be assigned to be completed in advance of each session.

The schedule of session dates, times, topics and faculty facilitators is below. A non-credit bearing Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants upon their successful completion of the program.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Apply concepts, tools and techniques to increase or enhance their personal effectiveness
  • Implement strategies to improve their interpersonal effectiveness
  • Implement strategies to enhance the performance and learning of their teams
  • Employ tools and techniques to enhance their management of change and measure its effectiveness
Application Process

Download Application Here

Please do NOT provide any supplemental information.

Applications are currently closed.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on:

The alignment of the program goals, content and approach with the applicant’s stated needs, and the project’s importance to the department and to SMHS.

2023-24 Schedule of Fundamentals of Leadership Sessions

In-person attendance is expected at all sessions; lunch is available at 12:30 pm

Session Date and Time Content Faculty Facilitator(s)

Session 1:

November 9, 2023


Setting Direction for Project Success

Cohort introductions, program overview, project and business planning, leadership expectations, and the mentoring process


Session 2:


December 14, 2023


Leading Change

Types of change and change agents, change processes, organizational culture and individual resistance as barriers/enablers to change


Session 3:


January 11, 2024


Managing Your Time and Managing Up

Techniques for prioritizing tasks, making the best use of your time, and maximizing your relationship with your supervisor/s


Session 4:


February 8, 2024


Building Your Negotiation Skills

Common myths, recommended processes, and best practice techniques and tactics for negotiating for resources and other support


Session 5:


March 14, 2024


Gaining Commitment and Developing Others

Tools to enhance your listening ability, coaching and developing others, addressing performance issues, and influencing without authority


Session 6:


April 11, 2024


Maximizng Team Performance and Learning

Principles and practices to promote effective teamwork, facilitate useful meetings, manage conflict, and develop a high performing team


Session 7:


May 9, 2024


Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

Assessment of and strategies for enhancing your self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management


Session 8:


June 13, 2024


Moving Change Forward

Continuing project and change leadership requirements, personal leadership development and succession planning


Questions may be directed to:

Ellen Goldman, EdD, MBA

Program Leader or 202-994-4004

Dee Dee Herrmann, DHScMPH, PA-C

Director, SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence or 202-994-5144