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The Lead Others courses offer managers the knowledge, skills, and practical tools they need to engage and develop their teams to deliver breakthrough results, and navigate a changing work reality.

Manager Foundations

Created in partnership with schools and units across campus, Manager Foundations is designed to develop skilled, confident and connected leaders to support Northwestern’s mission and culture. 

Program Audience

Manager Foundations is an anchor program for managers new to a management role at Northwestern in the past two years, with preference given to those with at least two direct reports. 

Program Goals

This interactive program spans three months and encompasses approximately 32 hours of learning across various modalities; learn on your own, learn with your cohort in synchronous sessions, and learn on the job with your team of direct reports. Please plan on attending all live sessions program sessions. Beyond the live sessions, please plan for 12-15 hours of pre-work, on-demand videos, reading, and small group work.

By program completion, managers will:

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FY24 Program info:

There will be two cohorts offered in FY24, program dates can be found here!

FY25 Program dates will be published in August 2024, please complete this interest form to be notified when the program dates are published.


Please note:  Northwestern's investment in leadership development has made it possible to offer Manager Foundations via a co-funding model at a cost of $350 per participant for schools and units in FY24.

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