Sample Learning Plan
Create a Learning Plan
Before you come for your first session of the Future Leaders Program, please download the Learning Plan template and start writing your Learning Plan. In your plan, you’ll set learning goals that will help you focus on issues that are particularly relevant to your job.
As you create your learning plan, consider the following:
- Think about your job and your role as a leader. What successes have you had? What do you do well? What challenges do you face? What do you find difficult to do?
- Review the learning objectives listed for each session in the Session Learning Objectives tab in the left-hand margin of this webpage. How do these objectives fit with your strengths and challenges?
- Identify 2-4 learning goals that you’d like to achieve while you’re participating in the Future Leaders Program. These can be specific skills you want to learn; specific job improvements you’d like to make; or specific challenges you’d like to deal with. See the Sample Learning Plan for an example of a learning goal.
- Get feedback from your manager and incorporate this information into your goals.
- During each session of the Future Leaders Program, you’ll have a chance to update your Learning Plan by adding learning activities. Think about activities that will help you reach each of your learning goals. There are many developmental activities that you can choose to do:
- Read professional articles and books
- Practice skills with others
- Maintain a log of interactions to monitor performance and track progress
- Identify a mentor and observe his or her skills
- Attend training programs
- Share your development plan with direct reports and ask for feedback
- Ask for feedback at the ends of meetings
- Use online resources
- Ask your manager for opportunities/projects/meetings where skills can be practiced
- Ask your manager for feedback
- For each of your learning goals, choose several activities that will help you reach that goal. Record those activities on your Learning Plan.
- Record the potential barriers and roadblocks you’ll face while working on your activities and identify steps you can take to address those roadblocks. Fill those in on your Learning Plan.
- Get feedback from your manager.
- Your Learning Plan is a working document. As you continue your participation in the Future Leaders Program, bring your plan with you and revise and add to it.
Click here for a sample learning plan.
Learning Plan FAQs
Why do I need to write learning goals and create a Learning Plan?
We know that adults learn and retain more from training programs when they have their own specific needs and objectives to meet. We also know that adults are more likely to reach goals that are specific and written down. We’ve provided a sample plan and form for you.
Once I write my plan, what should I do with it?
Save it on your computer or print it as a hard copy for yourself. Check your plan frequently to see how you’re making progress toward your goals and use it in update conversations with your manager. While you’re in class, the instructor is available to help you work your Learning Plan by giving you instructions and ideas for developmental activities that will help you accomplish your goals. We encourage you to add to and modify your plan as you learn new skills.
Why do I need to get feedback from my manager?
Your manager plays a key role in supporting you as you apply what you learn in training to your daily work. Your manager’s feedback will help you make sure you’re on track.
Why do I need to answer the question, “How will you know you’ve successfully completed the action?”
Your answer explains what you will have or will have done that shows you’ve finished the activity. For example, if the learning activity is to ask for feedback from a colleague, you know you’ve completed it when you’ve had the meeting and gotten the feedback. If your activity is to read three articles about dealing with multiple generations in the workplace, your evidence of accomplishment is the summary you give at your company’s supervisor meeting.
Why should I identify potential barriers?
When you think about potential roadblocks up front, you can have contingency plans in place, and you’re less likely to get off track when difficulties occur.
What should I do with my Learning Plan after I’ve added learning activities?
Your Learning Plan is a working document that will help you apply what you’ve learned to your day-to-day work. Check your plan to see how you’re making progress toward your goals and use it in update conversations with your manager. Add new ideas for learning activities that will help you accomplish your goals. Modify your plan as you complete activities and experience more of the learning sessions in the series.