Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Human Resources offers four leadership development programs to help you develop the management and leadership skills needed to be successful at Penn and beyond. Contact Learning and Education at 215-898-3400 if you have questions about any of these programs.


STEP UP is a training program for motivated individual contributors who want to lead themselves and others more effectively. Sessions focus on developing skills such as communicating, getting work done, dealing with change, and managing up. The self-paced program consists of eight half-day classroom sessions and seven online modules. Enrollment is open to all staff. Register on Knowledge Link. Supervisor’s permission is required. Cost: $300.

Essentials of Management

If you're a new manager at Penn, this program is for you. You'll learn about a variety of general management practices to help you shine in your new role, like interviewing, hiring, development, engagement, and performance management. This cohorted program runs over a five-month period and includes 9 classroom sessions and 3 online modules. You’ll have the opportunity to take the MBTI and DiSC assessments, meet with a professional performance coach to review the results, and network with other managers from across Penn. Register on Knowledge Link. Cost: $450.


AMP-UP is for mid-level managers who are ready to take their management and leadership skills to the next level by developing a solid foundation in ethics, change management, and workplace culture. Sessions focus on leadership style, building credibility, resolving conflict, and managing up. The program includes six full-day sessions and a group learning project completed over the six-month period. Participants also complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and receive five sessions with a professional coach to help build flexibility and effectiveness within their MBTI type. Enrollment requires manager nomination. Contact Learning and Education at 215-898-3400 to learn more. Cost: $1,800.

Leadership @ Penn

Leadership @ Penn helps senior leaders develop the skills and abilities needed to be a stand-out leader and carry out Penn's mission. Sessions focus on leadership skills that make a difference both inside and outside of the workplace, including thinking strategically, leading through change, building emotional intelligence, developing stronger relationships, exercising influence, and helping staff grow as professionals. The program includes a 360-degree assessment and five meetings with a professional coach. Enrollment requires manager nomination. For more information, including cost, contact Learning and Education at 215-898-3400.