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    MDH Leadership Development Program

    • Incumbent (entry-mid level) supervisors who are currently supervising.

      • A supervisor is defined as someone with the following duties:

        • Supervisor of staff

        • Assigns and reviews work of staff

        • Approves leave/timesheets

        • Completes and signs off on employee’s PEP

        • Interviews and selects employees

        • Trains employees

        • Disciplines employees  

    • Demonstrates leadership abilities.

    • Interpersonal skills consistent with leadership excellence.

    • Ability and willingness to Fully Engage in the program.

    • Sincere commitment to development of personal leadership competencies.

    • Endorsed by any MDH manager.  

    • Approval to participate by current manager.

    Application Procedure

    MDH employees can self-select based on interest and ability to meet all program requirements. Interested employees should complete the online application and someone from the Training Services Division will follow up regarding application status within two weeks following the application close date.  Applications will be evaluated by TSD according to program criteria and the applicant’s fit for the program based on desired group composition and capacity.  Overflow will be given the option to be placed on a wait or interest list for the next program.    


    Each applicant will need to submit an endorsement form as part of their application. Applications are incomplete and will not be considered without an endorsement. Applicants receive a confirmation after completing the application which includes a link to the endorsement form.  Applicants should forward that link to the manager they have selected to endorse their program application.  The endorser will access the form using the link to make a recommendation regarding the applicant’s supervisory performance and potential on the leadership competencies and provide narrative comments if desired.  The endorser may be any MDH manager and does not have to be the applicants’ current manager.  However, the applicant’s current manager must approve the applicant’s participation in the program.