Sample Learning Plan

Create a Learning Plan 
Before you come for your first session of the Principles of Leadership Excellence Series, please download the Learning Plan template and start writing a 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:

  1. 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?
  2. Review the learning objectives listed for each module in the Skill Development tab on the website. How do these objectives fit with your strengths and challenges?
  3. Identify 2-4 learning goals that you’d like to achieve while you’re participating in Principles of Leadership Excellence. 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.
  4. Get feedback from your manager and incorporate this information into your goals.
  5. During each session of the Principles of Leadership Excellence Series, 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
    • Participate in the Principles of Leadership Excellence online Forum
  6. For each of your learning goals, choose several activities that will help you reach that goal. Record those activities on your Learning Plan.
  7. 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.
  8. Get feedback from your manager.
  9. Your Learning Plan is a working document. As you continue your participation in Principles of Leadership Excellence, bring your plan with you and revise and add to it.
Click here for a sample learning plan. 


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