Developing Your Skills as a Manager: A Bootcamp for Leaders


Developing Your Skills as a Manager: A Bootcamp for Leaders


March 29 – May 10, 2021 | All Times Eastern


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Learn how to better build and motivate a cohesive team that works seamlessly toward common goals.


As you grow in your leadership journey, you might find that you may have mastered key skills, such as uncovering your leadership style and learning how to advocate for yourself. After several years in a leadership role, however, you may begin to wonder if there are better ways to lead and motivate your team, manage conflict and change, or run more effective meetings.

Our bootcamp, designed for leaders with some experience in a leadership/supervisory role, will help you refine and further your skills, focusing on how you interact one-on-one with those you supervise as well as with your teams.

Each of the six modules includes one group session to start the week, then assignments to help you build stronger relationships with your team members individually and as a group. You will also have the opportunity for a 45-minute small-group session each week with a facilitator or coach to discuss how you are implementing what you learned and to learn more from each other.

Finally, you will have a chance to engage in a 360-degree feedback process with your team and receive a 1:1 coaching session to evaluate your results.

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for those with some leadership and supervisory experience who are looking to enhance or evolve their leadership skills. The bootcamp will focus primarily on leading teams and others. We will also cover topics such as how to motivate individual members of your team, build your skills as a supervisor and advocate for your team members, and build a cohesive team that works together effectively and efficiently. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!

A Highly Personalized Experience

Your registration for this bootcamp includes a 45-minute small-group consultation with the facilitator each week. A hallmark of the Academic Impressions bootcamp experience, the individual attention in this consultation will help you apply best practices from the bootcamp to your fundraising portfolio. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!

Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done. <

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To learn more, contact Elizabeth Hubbell at or purchase the Bootcamp + Success Coaching product below.

Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

What You Get

  • This online course consists of six modules, each of them spanning one week
  • One live learning session, facilitated by an expert in leadership, to help you understand where you are in your growth and to give you key strategies to try.
  • You will receive assignments after each session to help you implement your leadership growth strategy immediately.
  • A small cohort to explore any questions or challenges you may be encountering. During these sessions, you will have an opportunity to establish a small team, connect with either the speaker or the coach, and work through how you plan to implement the action steps you’ve identified.
  • Take Academic Impressions’ 5 Paths to Leadership SELF Assessment, allowing you to discover your strengths and challenges during normal conditions as well as under stressful ones.
  • Engage in a 360-degree assessment so that you get authentic feedback on your strengths as a leader and areas to look for growth. You will have an opportunity for a 1:1 coaching session to interpret your results.
  • At the conclusion, you will compile a capstone project that includes your philosophy on 1:1 supervision, motivation, leading teams, all assessments, a learning plan that outlines future reading material and theories to explore what you learned during the course, and immediate next steps as well as goals for 6 months and one year.


Kickoff Meeting

Monday, March 29, 2021

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

In this kickoff session, we will help you better understand the structure of the bootcamp and provide an overview of your 5 Paths to Leadership assignment. We will end by talking through the 360-degree feedback process and small-group sessions so you feel confident as you move forward.



Week 1: Understanding and Articulating your Leadership Definition, Mission, and Values (Leading Self)

Monday, April 5, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
In this first session, you will learn the importance of not only understanding your mission as a leader but being able to articulate that to others. We will use a tool to help you define yourself as a leader.



Week 2: Effective Supervision (Leading Others)

Monday, April 12, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
In this second session, you will learn how to think about leadership as coaching. We will discuss different ways to motivate others and look at how situational leadership is a powerful model for thinking of supervision. You will have access to tools that help create dialogue focused on support and development of your team.



Week 3: Conflict Management (Leading Others)

Monday, April 19, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
This session will focus on how to manage conflict within your team, whether it is a conflict you are having with those to whom you report, your peers, or with your direct reports. We will use an assessment to help you better understand your default reaction to conflict and how to best respond and develop your team.



Week 4: Team Development (Leading Teams)

Monday, April 26, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
This session will focus on how to develop team goals, a team identity, and team norms. We will share an assessment to use with your team to gauge their level of group performance. We will discuss psychological safety and discovering and establishing your team’s personality.



Week 5: Inclusive and Effective Meetings (Leading Teams)

Monday, May 3, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
In week five, we will discuss how to facilitate inclusive and effective meetings. We will look at how to structure meetings, how to handle times when meetings get off-track, and how to tap into your team members’ expertise. You will become familiar with our Meeting Diagnostic Tool to help you maximize your team meetings.



Week 6: Managing Change (Leading Systems)

Monday, May 10, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
In this final session, you will learn how to steer your team as you encounter and work through change. You will define how your team’s efforts align with larger strategic goals of the institution and will receive tools you can use to help your team articulate specific needs, goals, and possible challenges of a change.



Capstone Project

As a capstone project, you will put together a leadership portfolio that includes all the components of your six weeks of learning. Your portfolio will include:

  • Your philosophy on 1:1 supervision, motivation, leading teams
  • All assessments
  • A learning plan that outlines future reading material and theories to explore what you learned during the course
  • Immediate next steps as well as goals for 6 months and one year


Portrait of Nathan Strong

Nathan P. Strong

Director of Organizational and Professional Development, University of South Carolina

Nathan Strong currently serves as the Director of Organizational and Professional Development at the University of South Carolina. His primary areas of focus are organizational development, supervisory and management development, process improvement, and performance enhancement.

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portrait of Brittany Goldstein

Brittany Williams-Goldstein, Ed.D.

Chief of Staff & Board Liaison, Ramapo College

Dr. Williams-Goldstein serves as the President’s primary liaison to the Senior Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. She is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and coordination of Cabinet and Board activities as well as the coordination of the Office of the President.

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Questions About the Event?

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Elizabeth Ross Hubbell
Senior Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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*All-inclusive members receive $250 off of conference registrations (in addition to the early bird discount if applicable). Please note this discount is not applicable on pre- or post-conference workshops or conference binders.