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The Leadership Edge for New Managers


LeadershipEdge LOGOThe Leadership Edge is a five-month group learning experience for new managers and leaders. It is designed to equip participants with tools and experiences to accelerate success in their new role. Benefit from exploring the responsibilities and privileges of managing at UAB with colleagues. Start smart with this new program to give you the edge you need to lead effectively at UAB.

Curriculum includes content on UAB's leadership definition and philosophy, managerial resources, communication, people development, effective teams and a skills application challenge.

Click here to register Fall 2019. Class size limited to 30. Manager approval is required to register; managers will be invited to a graduation luncheon. 

Program Agenda

The Leadership Edge program includes a combination of face-to-face sessions and webinars. Participants are expected to attend at least five of the six sessions to graduate.

  • Module 1: Lead Strong at UAB
    Thursday, Aug. 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon 
    Definition, dynamics and philosophy of leadership and management at UAB. Lunch provided.
  • Module 2: Manager's Toolkit (webinar)
    Monday, Aug. 12, noon-1 p.m. 
    HR policies, procedures and resources and timelines for managers to keep you moving.
  • Module 3: Communicating Effectively › SAY IT
    Thursday, Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m.-noon
    Topics will include leadership presence, appropriate mediums for communication and getting your point across in a way that engages others.
  • Module 4: Developing People › MODEL IT
    Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m.-noon
    Relationships with people that report to you are key to your success. This module will help you set priorities, performance expectations, give feedback and hold people accountable.
  • Module 5: Results-Focused Teams › DO IT
    Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m.-noon
    Analyze your team performance and build alignment. Effectively manage conflict. Focus on achieving more with tips and tools for compelling collaboration.
  • Module 6: Application & Graduation › APPLY IT
    Thursday, Dec. 19, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Use the skills you've learned in an interactive program. Class will complete a team challenge and graduation program with guests. Lunch provided.


Principal facilitator of the Leadership Edge program is Organizational Development Specialist William Edwards. Contact William at wre@uab.edu or 205-934-6272 with any questions.