Supervisor Development

Supervisor Development Training Opportunities

The Bureau of Training and Development offers a variety of topics to develop your supervisory and leadership skills. Access the current quarterly flyer to see a list of training titles, dates, and times available this quarter. Or access the Calendar of Events​ for all current and upcoming trainings (requires login to ESS).

New Supervisor Development Requirement

All new supervisors are required to complete a supervisory development program per s.230.046 (2), Wis. Stats. Please check with your supervisor or Human Resources department to determine how your agency fulfills this requirement.

Some agencies offer their own New Supervisor Development program. If your agency has their own training, you are required to take it. If your agency does not have their own program, you are required to take the Enterprise New Supervisor Development Training.

The Enterprise New Supervisor Development Training covers the following topics: Being a Manager, Emotional Intelligence, Finding Your Leadership Voice, Hiring and Selection, Difficult Conversations, Performance Evaluations, and Diversity. The training objectives include:

  1. Develop staff while maintaining accountability.
  2. Utilize the four components of Emotional Intelligence in leadership.
  3. Determine and use the best leadership style for various situations.
  4. Successfully select and hire new candidates.
  5. Conduct difficult conversations with staff.
  6. Complete the performance evaluation process with staff.
  7. Maintain an inclusive, respectful, and professional team environment.

Here’s how to register for the Enterprise New Supervisor Development training:

  • Login to the ​Cornerstone learning management system with your PeopleSoft Employee Self Service credentials. You will then be taken to your agency’s learning management system home page.
  • Search for Enterprise New Supervisor Development Training.

Emerging Leaders

Are you interested in leadership in state service? Learn more about the Enterprise Management Development Academy (EMDA)​, a year-long program to prepare new and aspiring managers, and how to apply. Candidates participate in a series of instructor-led in-person and virtual courses to acquire and apply managerial and leadership knowledge and skills, culminating with a collaborative project. The cohort approach provides opportunities for cross-agency networking.

New and aspiring managers from all state agencies are eligible to apply. A new manager has less than two years of supervisory experience. An aspiring manager has made a personal commitment to become a manager in Wisconsin state government.