By OPEC staff

CDCR takes leadership seriously which is why the department has taken aim at training and grooming future leaders.

Four key leadership training classes have been launched by Peace Officer Selection and Employee Development (POSED). Some are geared toward supervisors while others focus on managers and executives.

Stacy Lopez, Associate Director, POSED, said, “Under the leadership of Secretary Scott Kernan, the Department has made training a priority for our current and future leaders.  I’m excited we are able to offer these opportunities to the CDCR staff from around the state.  Training allows for personal growth in leadership skills to our executives and also our first- and second-line supervisors who are the future of Corrections.”

The training represents a combination of partnerships between CDCR, California State Universities at Chico and Sacramento, and California Prison Industry Authority (CAL PIA).

Below are some of the training programs and more details, taken from http://intranet/ADM/DSS/hr/otpd/Training%20Resources/Pages/default.aspx

Executive Leadership Institute

  • First cohort started on Jan. 9 with 20 participants
  • For CDCR Executives/Management Classifications (Staff Services Manager III, Captains, Correctional Administrators, etc.)
  • Offered through California State University, Chico
  • Participants must be nominated by their Directors
  • Consists of four one-week courses taught over a four month period
  • Participants will complete a CDCR related project within six months of start of ELI

Leadership 101

  • First  cohort is scheduled for March 6
  • For first- and second-line supervisors (Accounting Administrators, Construction Supervisors, Plant Managers, Staff Services Managers, etc.)
  • Offered through California State University, Sacramento
  • Participants must be nominated by their Associate Director or designee
  • Consists of two one-week courses held about a month apart

Leadership Challenge

In partnership with CAL PIA, this two-day workshop available to employees at the Staff Services Manager I level or equivalent, and higher, has been designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders and help them take specific steps to become better leaders based on the results of a 360-degree leadership behaviors survey, the Leadership Practices Inventory assessment, and in-class discussions and activities. Some pre-work is required.

Ethical Decision Making and Trust

Whether or not we realize it at the time, all our words, actions, and attitudes reflect choices. We make thousands of decisions every day. Some are made spontaneously and are based on feelings. Other more important decisions require forethought and major consideration before being made. Good decisions are both ethical and effective. Ethical decisions generate and sustain trust, demonstrate respect, responsibility, fairness and caring; and are consistent with good citizenship.

This class will discuss the importance of ethical decision-making and provide a model for making these decisions. The class will be highly interactive to include applying the learning to scenarios.

Trust is difficult to earn and easy to lose in the workplace. But employees will not always tell you outright that they do not trust you anymore. This class will offer discussions and tools regarding the importance of trust in the work place. The class will also discuss how trust is lost, some of the signs of diminished trust, and how to gain and build trust. The class will be highly interactive to include a plan for creating a stronger trust relationship.​

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