L.E.A.D. - Application

LEAD Certificate Program for Supervisors
Application – Class of 2015-2016

Please review this application carefully and submit your completed application no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Your application materials will be reviewed by the planning committee and several former graduates of the program.  We are looking for applications that are thoughtful, specific to you, show your motivation for being in the program, and your commitment to the university. We want to learn more about you through this application.

Please note the following dates as you prepare your application:

  • Applications due by 5:00 p.m. on or beforeThursday, July 23, 2015
  • Interviews conducted by management team from August 1, 2015 - August 27, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance decision by Monday, September 21, 2015.


The following should be submitted in an Adobe (“PDF”) format to orglearning@case.edu:

  • Written support from your supervisor agreeing that you may take the time off from your regular assignments to attend the mandatory learning labs and coaching sessions.  Each participant must be a full-time CWRU employee and participate fully in the program (no part-time attendance allowed).  †This written documentation must also include your unit’s speedtype information and the names and e-mail addresses of your direct reports.
  • An updated copy of your resume is required.
  • Letter of Intent: 1-2 pages (describing your short-term and long-term career goals, how you believe the LEAD Certificate Program for Supervisors will benefit you and what you feel you will be able to contribute to the program) 
    • What are your primary responsibilities within your department/unit?
    • What are your short-term and long-term career goals?
    • How will the LEAD Certificate Program for Supervisors benefit you?
    • In what ways will you contribute to the program?
      • Current Position Analysis (please include the following questions in your analysis):
        • What are your primary responsibilities within your department/unit?
        • How many direct reports to do you supervise?  How many staff?  How many students?
        • How would you describe your relationship with your direct reports?  How do you know?
        • What would your supervisor, direct reports and peers say about your leadership and management style?  How do you know?
        • Have you participated in a supervisory or leadership program at CWRU?  If yes, when?
        • What is your experience as an effective leader or demonstrated by another?
        • What key leadership skills do you want to learn to become an effective leader?
        • What team development skills do you currently use at work?  Have you been successful?  Why or Why not?
      • Leadership Analysis:
        • Develop an action plan for your leadership development using whatever format is most comfortable (i.e., essay, chart, graphs, etc.)
        • Over the next 5-10 years, how do you see yourself growing as an university leader?
        • Note any concerns or barriers in your development plan (i.e., conflicts with your value system, personal situation, etc.).
      • Is there anything else we should know about you that would make you most qualified for the program?

      NOTE:  Please include your Campus Phone Number, Case E-mail, and Departmental Speedtype account in your application. † The speedtype information is required to ensure that each participant remains fully engaged during each session.  Failure to do so may result in a ‘non-engagement’ fee assessed.  This fee is $25.00 per occurrence after failing to adhere to the agreement and subsequent notification. 

      The names and e-mail addresses are needed to ensure inclusiveness of the staff of each participant in the process.  You are required to put concepts learned in each session into practice with your teams.  This will help determine if you have been able to successfully integrate the goals expressed in your leadership analysis with the competencies learned throughout the LEAD program on a team level; you will also be responsible for demonstrating your learning competencies with your direct supervisor.  The feedback from your direct supervisor needs to be a part of your coaching agenda that you will discuss with your coach during your one-on-one sessions.   This will be further examined through both team and supervisory assessments or through a second 360° assessment several months after the program concludes.