Leadership Development

Facilitative Leadership

Facilitative Leadership is an intensive three-day program conducted in a retreat-like setting, preceded by a 1½ hour online introductory session. This workshop is for both new and experienced leaders, managers, and facilitators who would like to develop or improve their facilitative leadership skills. The goal is to provide experiential grounding in leading groups to have more effective and efficient meetings and to help people work together in positive and productive ways. 

Participants learn to lead discussions effectively; use divergent tools to generate ideas; use convergent tools to reach consensus; and use tools for developing action plans, encouraging creativity, setting outcome-based goals, and keeping a group focused. Every participant facilitates during the workshop and receives extensive written and verbal feedback from the instructors and colleagues in the course. All practice facilitations are based on real-world situations brought in by the participants.

Participants are expected to be present for the duration of the workshop, which includes evening sessions. Our impact data show that participants’ leadership confidence and competence have significantly increased, and that most have used tools learned to plan and lead meetings with their teams and organizations, and in their communities. View a short introduction to this powerful and dynamic approach to leadership.

Training via MSU Central Human Resources
MSU Human Resource offers regular leadership training sessions which are listed on their Professional Development website. Some of these courses are even free. To register and/or check pricing, log into EBS and go into "Courses for Employees at MSU."

Other Leadership Development Opportunities
Other excellent leadership development programs are available to MSU Extension employees. More information about each can be found at the websites below.

MSU Extension provides funding to a limited number of participants for leadership opportunities. You should speak with your supervisor about your interest in these programs, and how they fit into your career plan. There is an addition process to apply for MSU Extension financial support for these programs which entails a preliminary nomination and vetting process. Contact Anne Baker for details.


OSU Leadership Center Development Opportunities

The OSU Leadership Center is another great source of training. Many, but not all, of their workshops are available online. Check out their training opportunities on their events page

MSU Extension: Leading & Managing

Basics of managing people with mini-lectures from Eli Broad faculty.

Anne Baker

Anne Baker

Learning and Talent Development Specialist
MSU Extension