Supervisor - Leadership Resources

Excellent leaders are integral to the implementation of CAL core values, vision of creating a culture of care, and MSU Performance Excellence. It is possible to be a supervisor and not a leader.  It is possible to be a leader and not a supervisor. Excellent supervisors are ones that exhibit an interconnected blend of leadership, coaching, managing and mentoring skills. 




Styles of Leadership



What is coaching?  Easy steps to follow during a coaching session. Effective coaching connects the person being coached with their own ability to define problems, create solutions and hold themselves accountable.

Coaching Toolkit and Resources

Source: Leading with Coaching, MSU Human Resources Executive Education, School of Human Resources & Labor Relations.


Trademarked by Kneisha Sanders, ACC, M.S. Resolution Coaching LLC.  Use with permission.


How you can use Coachmanship™to build stronger teams [PDF]

Liberating Structures
Engagement Strategies for meetings and team building

Performance Excellence

Find information about the Performance Excellence process, access required online training and supplementary training opportunities, and download Performance Excellence forms and other helpful supervisor tools.   Tips and Tools. 

Disciplinary Action

Know the Process, Procedures and Policies

Best Practices

As supervisor you may encounter varying degrees of behavior that needs guidance and correction here are some forms of best practices to review.

Skill Building Toolkit

Personal Awareness

"Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have." --Robert Holden

Know your Personality Strengths and Traits

  • Strength Finder 2.0  Discover what you do best
  • DiSC  Did you know? MSU HR offers regular classes on DiSC to help you learn your leadership strengths and improve your ability 
  • Myers Briggs
  • True Colors  Taking an online test is only part of the value of this program.  An orientation or group facilitated activity increases understanding of how to leverage weaker colors as needed.  Great for personal awareness, team building, customer service and strengthening communication.

Emotional Intelligence


Time Management

Self Confidence

Courage and Persistence

The Healing Power of Guided Imagery class offered by Health4U  Guided Imagery has been shown to alleviate pain, reduce depression and boost the immune system.

Ethics, Morality & Integrity

Integrity “is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” --C.S. Lewis
Ethics Defined: Integrity [video]

Personal Branding

The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand [Video] Building a recognizable personal brand opens professional opportunities.

Political Skill

Political skill as the ability to identify and understand the motivations and needs of others to influence others to ensure the attainment of individual, group or organizational goals.

Interpersonal Skills

Why you should start meetings with a check-in

Creative Change Ability

Build a Tower, Build a Team [TED Talk]

Functional Knowledge

In order to be an excellent supervisor it is important to have solid competencies in your specific area of work. is an excellent reference guide for everything from HR and Payroll to Budget and Finance; Chair support to Staff Development; Travel, Events and Outreach to Emergency Preparedness; along with Graduate and Academics. Please refer to the quick links on the right side of this page for links to these areas.

Additional Resources

Suggested books, videos, seminars, workshops and training 

Training Opportunities[PDF]

Videos, TED talks and books [PDF]