In line with Governor Mike DeWine’s recent Executive Order regarding public health and safety, all instructor-led classes provided by Lead Ohio are canceled until further notice. Please contact us at 614-387-6183 or email@example.com with questions.
The State of Ohio recognizes the importance of cultivating internal talent. Lead Ohio is the State’s initiative to develop successful leaders at every level of State government by standardizing supervisor expectations, providing opportunities for networking, professional growth, and skill-building.
Lead Ohio Competency Framwork
State of Ohio Leadership Development Program
For more agency information on FoS enrollment requirements, open the “FoS Information for Agencies” tab here.
Lead Ohio: Foundations of Supervision is a required training program for State of Ohio supervisors. The program is designed to provide a consistent training experience for newly promoted and recently hired supervisors and consistent, standardized guidance and direction to all State supervisors on the roles and responsibilities of supervising in State government. There are two available options to complete this program: virtual instructor-led training (VILT) and eLearning.
All recently promoted supervisors or those who are new to State government are expected to complete the program within your first six (6) months as a supervisor. Because this is mandatory, participation and attendance at all learning events is required. Existing supervisors and managers who have one or more direct reports and two or more years of continuous state experience supervising, and leading others are encouraged, but not required to enroll in the Foundations of Supervision program. Eligibility is limited to those who directly supervise others.
The virtual instructor-led program consists of eight instructor-led training (VILT) courses. The eLearning program consists of ten self-paced courses. All modules within each eLearning course must be completed in or to receive credit for the course. Both programs may include pre-work or pre-assessments. Whether you select the VILT or eLearning program, supervisors have the option to complete some courses virtually and others through eLearning.
Each course supports the competencies needed to be successful as a supervisor in the State. The Lead Ohio Competency Framework can be found on the Lead Ohio webpage at:
Lead Ohio Resource Center
Learners will gain the foundational skills expected for all supervisors within the State of Ohio. Throughout the program, supervisors gain the knowledge needed to:
All recently promoted or newly hired supervisors are automatically enrolled in the Lead Ohio: Foundations of Supervision training program in Ohio Learn. To learn more about the program, please contact:
Learners are required to complete all courses in either program to receive a certificate of completion.
At this time, there are no CEUs associated with the Lead Ohio: Foundations of Supervision program.
Lead Ohio: Foundations of Supervision is a mandatory supervisory training program for State of Ohio supervisors. The program consists of two available options for completion, eLearning, and virtual instructor-led training (VILT). This program is designed to provide a consistent training experience for existing, recently promoted and newly hired supervisors who manage others in the State of Ohio.
This course introduces you to the State of Ohio eLearning training program and requirements for completion. You will review the program, content overview, completion requirements and suggested resources for support.
This course examines the DISC behavioral assessment. This tool is used to help supervisors understand themselves and others, while improving relationships. Application of DISC will be reinforced throughout many of the Lead Ohio courses. You will be required to complete the DISC assessment prior to class.
Communication is essential to your success as a supervisor. During this course you will learn key components of effective communication, utilize DISC to create more meaningful conversations, discuss the importance of holding difficult conversations and how to communicate upward.
This course provides an overview of pertinent information regarding the union contracts and delves into your rights and responsibilities, as a supervisor working in a bargaining unit environment.
Performance Management and Development is a key part of every supervisor’s responsibilities. This course is a prerequisite for the eLearning Performance Management Suite; Effective Goal Setting, Coaching and Developing Others, Evaulating your Employees. You will be introduced to the Performance Management and Development cycle as well as the State of Ohio’s competency framework.
Establishing effective goals for your employees is the first step in successful performance management. In this course, you will learn the importance of aligning goals with strategic initiatives, differentiate between goals and competencies, learn how to write a SMART goal, and preparing to discuss goals with your employees.
This course helps you prepare for coaching conversations with your employees. You will learn how to define performance gaps, give feedback and recognition, coach your employees, and how to properly document the discussion.
In this course you will build on your knowledge from Effective Goal Setting and Coaching and Developing Others to complete the performance management and development cycle. During this course, you will review the performance management process, learn how to write a Performance Evaluation, and how to conduct a meaningful performance evaluation discussion.
This course explores the importance of diversity and inclusion and appreciating our differences in the workplace. You will also examine common misconceptions about disability and look at ways to support a disability inclusive work environment or culture.
As a supervisor, you are responsible for both managing and leading your employees. In this course you will explore your DISC preferences as a leader, distinguish between management and leadership, and implement best practices for continued success in your new role.
Please visit the Foundations of Supervision Learning Plan in Ohio Learn for available courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
State of Ohio Supervisor Expectations
As of July 1, 2015, the State Human Resources Division, Office of Talent Management, Learning and Talent Development has been offering the Lead Ohio: Foundations of Supervision (LO: FoS) Program. All newly promoted or recently hired supervisors are required to enroll and participate in the LO: FoS program as outlined in Section 124.04(H) of the Ohio Revised Code, which authorizes DAS to conduct personnel training programs, including supervisory training programs.
As of July 1, 2020 Ohio Learn was implemented at the State of Ohio Learning Management System. New features of the system allowed for the automation of all scheduling and enrollment of supervisors in the Lead Ohio: Foundations of Supervision Program. As of July 1st, agencies are no longer required to contact DAS with the names of recently hired or newly promoted supervisors.
Automatic Enrollment Process
As of July 1, 2020, all recently hired or newly promoted supervisors will be automatically enrolled in the Ohio Learn: Foundations of Supervision training program and will be notified via email of that enrollment with instructions on how to proceed. A job aid will be attached to the email for learner’s convenience.
All recently promoted or newly hired supervisors are required to attend the Lead Ohio: Foundations of Supervision (LO: FoS) program within the first six (6) months of becoming a supervisor. This program provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities for success in your new position. Currently, there are two training delivery options to complete the program:
Flexibility within the Program
Supervisors have the option to complete some courses through virtual instructor-led sessions and others through eLearning. To receive credit for completion of an eLearning course, all modules must be completed for the course. For additional information, please contact the Learning and Talent Development office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessing The Lead Ohio Introduction to Foundations of Supervision (FoS) Program in Ohio Learn
Inspirational Leaders Program Manager:
Talent Development Program Manager
The Lead Ohio: Inspirational Leaders program is a competency-based leadership development program designed to build and strengthen management and leadership skills. This program provides an opportunity for leaders to expand their network across agencies.
This voluntary program is open to middle managers and leaders who meet the following requirements:
Managers and leaders will::
To earn the Certificate of Completion, 20 learning credits must be accrued.
Enrollment is a two-step process: in the Inspirational Leaders program,
For additional information about the Lead Ohio: Inspirational Leaders program:
Achieving Results While Developing People and Processes
Please visit the Inspirational Leaders Learning Plan in Ohio Learn for available courses.
The DAS State Human Resources Division, Office of Talent Management, Learning and Talent Development hosts the Lead Ohio: Inspirational Leaders (LO: IL) Community Forum twice yearly.
Community Forums are a recurring event of the LO: IL’s program designed to enable dialogue, exchange best practices, and share tools on a current topic.
Fourm topics and invitations will be sent to current participants in the program and those who have recently completed the program.
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LO-IL Curriculum FY22
Supplemental Curriculum: Roadmap for Managing and Developing Performance
How to Use Ohio Learn to Enroll in the Lead Ohio: Inspirational Leaders Learning Plan
Inspirational Leaders Poster (pdf)
Administrator, Learning and Talent Development
Lead Ohio Program Manager
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