A new year brings resolutions and for many it can be about developing their leadership skills. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) College of Command (CU) has created a program that allows shipyard employees to achieve this goal at their own pace from the comfort of their desks. Entitled Leadership Skills for Emerging Leaders, the class is a 14-hour, self-paced, on-demand computer training course available on LinkedIn Learning. Although the course was designed primarily for employees in positions other than supervisory or work manager, Emerging Leaders program manager Dave Randall says the course is a good reminder for all employees, regardless their level of leadership.
The training program was developed out of necessity. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the popular two-day in-person leadership training for non-supervisory leaders has been suspended. Some organizations mandate training for their professional qualifications. When the course was suspended, there were over 500 employees on a waiting list. In order to meet this demand and ensure the safety of NNSY employees, Command University created Emerging Leaders. The course was launched in August 2020 and, after the successful completion of the pilot, was opened to all shipyard employees in October.
The course is based on the Civilian Leadership Development Program (CLDP) of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), which identified 37 competencies that leaders at different levels should have a certain level of knowledge, skills and abilities. The CLDP is divided into five categories: leading oneself, leading teams and projects, leading people, leading organizations and programs, and leading the institution. The first 13 skills fall under the “dominant self” category. According to Randall, “Every leader should be familiar with these fundamental skills.”
Any NNSY employee can participate in the course. The only prerequisites are having a valid @ navy.mil account and the support of an employee’s immediate supervisor. Employees who do not have regular computer access can use the Command University classroom in the building. 1575 when in-person classes are not in session to complete the training.
When an employee contacts Command University, he or she will receive a student guide (electronic or hard copy) and be enrolled in LinkedIn Learning. The participant will then follow up on LinkedIn Learning and answer questions in the student guide. Since the course is self-paced, students can work at their own pace to complete the course within a maximum of 14 weeks. Command University staff recommend that students take their time, perhaps an hour per week, to learn the material and practice before continuing.
At the end of the course, students will receive an ATMS credit and a course completion certificate. Employees who are members of organizations that require the Foundations of Leadership can use this training as part of their qualification process.
To learn more about the program, employees can contact Dave Randall. Her contact information and more class details are available on Command University’s SharePoint page on WebCentral. Supervisors may also recommend that a student take this course as part of their personal development.
“This course is a great start for any NNSY employee to begin their leadership journey,” said Randall. “Anyone who guides or influences others is a leader. You can find these influencers, guides, coaches and mentors in every store or office – on the waterfront, at home, or in the community. Leadership is a journey, not a destination.