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The Leadership Edge for New Managers


LeadershipEdge LOGOLeadership Edge for New Managers 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 the new role. Benefit from exploring the responsibilities and privileges of managing at UAB with colleagues. Start smart. Invest your time and energy in this new program to give you the edge you need to lead effectively at UAB.

Visit eventbrite.com to register. Class size limited to 30. Manager approval is required to register; managers will be invited to a graduation luncheon.
Update: The Leadership Edge Spring 2019 has met class capacity and can no longer accept applicants. Future offerings will be announced soon - contact William Edwards at wre@uab.edu to request a spot on the waitlist. 

Program Agenda

The Leadership Edge program includes four face-to-face sessions and two webinars. Participants are expected to attend at least 5 sessions to graduate.

  • Session 1: Lead Strong at UAB
    Thursday, Jan. 24, noon-4:30 p.m.
    Definition, dynamics and philosophy of leadership and management at UAB. Lunch provided.
  • Session 2: Manager's Toolkit (webinar)
    Monday, Feb. 11, noon-1 p.m. 
    HR policies, procedures and resources and timelines for managers to keep you moving.
  • Session 3: Communicating Effectively › SAY IT (webinar)
    Thursday, Feb. 28, noon-1 p.m. 
    Topics will include leadership presence, appropriate mediums for communication and getting your point across in a way that engages others.
  • Session 4: Developing People › MODEL IT
    Thursday, March 21, 1-4:30 p.m. 
    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.
  • Session 5: Results-Focused Teams › DO IT
    Thursday, April 18, 1-4:30 p.m. 
    Analyze your team performance and build alignment. Effectively manage conflict. Focus on achieving more with tips and tools for compelling collaboration.
  • Session 6: Application & Graduation › APPLY IT
    Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m.-2 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.