Leadership U inspires, motivates City leaders in first year

The City’s new leadership development program has graduated 71 participants so far, helping many of those City leaders improve their ability to innovate, inspire their teams, manage employee performance and more. A recent evaluation found that 75 percent of participants and their managers identified overall performance improvement since completing the Leadership U program.

Leadership U is dedicated to cultivating values-driven current and future leaders in all levels of the City’s workforce. The program aims to benefit everyone in the city from employees to residents, business owners to visitors by growing strong leaders who act as key drivers in helping the City achieve its goals, live up to its values and accomplish great things.

In the recent Leadership U evaluation participants and their managers identified the following performance improvement since completing the program:

The program was developed to train the City’s future leaders and attract and retain top talent to prevent a leadership gap from a wave of retirements in the next five to 10 years. Leadership U was also developed in response to employee feedback. City employees have consistently expressed via employee surveys and other venues interest in more professional development opportunities.

The interactive learning and development Leadership U experience revolves around three core topics:

The objectives:

Leadership philosophies

Leadership U participants develop a personal leadership philosophy through the course of the program. Here are some of the philosophies participants created:

Mike Rumppe, deputy director, Housing Inspection Services:

        Pam Fernandez, assistant director, Purchasing:

I want to be the leader that I would like to work for:

A leader who practices humility and respects everybody in the team, a leader with good ethics, a leader who shares knowledge to empower the team for success, a leader who is dedicated to embracing differences for good and committed to excellence.

Participants also created a leadership philosophy for the City:

 “We believe in the power of public service to improve people’s lives and strengthen our community. As leaders, we value creativity, collaboration and resilience. We work to build a Minneapolis that’s a growing, well run city where all people prosper.”


If you have questions about Leadership U, contact Leadership Development and Change Manager Kevin Anderson at 612-673-3731 or [email protected]


Published Aug 25, 2015



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