Leadership programs

ASU Leadership and Workforce Development offers leadership programs through the Office of Human Resources. Our programs provide a pathway for employees who aspire to be a supervisor or are currently in a leadership role and want to expand their skills in leadership.

Emerging Supervisor Pathway

This self-paced, semester-long training helps interested employees with no supervisory experience learn how to become supervisors.

Participants learn foundational ASU knowledge, practical skills and resources to prepare them for a supervisor role. Completing the program is equivalent to one year of supervisory experience and can be used for opportunities at ASU.

Training involves 15 hours of the following mixed media:

  • ASU-created learning materials.
  • Live courses.
  • Toolkits.

The training ends with a four-hour in-person capstone session held at the University Center, Building A, on the Tempe campus. Required learning materials and tools are provided in this program.


Any full-time ASU employee who has been working at the university for at least one year can apply. Applications are accepted in January for the spring semester and in August for the fall semester. If selected, participation in this training is $75 per person. The fee is paid only by the employee’s department. Individuals cannot pay the fee.

Visit Career EDGE for details.

Mastering Leadership

In this program, current and aspiring ASU leaders who are university staff master leadership in three key areas:

  • Leading at ASU.
  • Leading others.
  • Leading yourself.

Each cohort attends a monthly full or half-day workshop, depending on the focus topic, from February through December and completes required work outside class. Workshops feature expert presentations, while work outside of class gives you practice applying the concepts to your role and position.

Program takeaways

  • Expanded network of peer leaders across ASU.
  • Hands-on practice in leading.
  • Insights into leadership through one-on-one coaching.

Leaders are nominated or may apply to this program each fall. The program is highly selective. Ideal candidates are mid-career, have at least five years of experience supervising others, and are ready to lead ASU into the future. Review program details and how to apply in Career EDGE. The program fee is $2,500. This fee covers expert speakers and program materials. The 2023 program will be fully in-person with course content managed through Canvas.

Supervisor Development Program

Individuals promoted or hired into a supervisory role learn about university policies and procedures, self-awareness, personal work style, and management strategies that foster collaborative engagement and performance. Participants attend six in-person sessions at the Tempe campus — five full days and one half-day. Parking validation is provided. A remote option is not available at this time.

Program takeaways

  • Best practices for supervisory skills such as giving feedback and motivating teams.
  • Knowledge of key management concepts.
  • Network of peer leaders for support.

Current supervisors or newly hired full-time supervisors may apply. Review program details and how to apply in Career EDGE. The program runs each year during spring, summer and fall. The program fee is $650, which covers materials, supplies and lunches. ASU departments pay the fee; individuals may not pay out of pocket.

Other leadership programs

ASU offers six leadership programs to prepare leaders who can advance our institution's mission and goals. The programs are based on nine dimensions in our leadership guide intended to inspire and provoke thinking, conversations, and action. Employees in leadership roles or those who lead without titles or positions are encouraged to participate in these programs.