Transition to leadership roles workshop offered

April 6, 2017--The role of a leader differs from that of a technical expert. Understanding this difference is key to making the transition into leadership, which is the focus of a half-day workshop offered by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on June 29 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Regional Development Institute on campus.

"Being an effective leader requires a transition from doing the work yourself to becoming one who fosters the productivity of others," said presenter Arlene J. Anderson, an organizational development consultant with more than 25 years of leadership experience. "This transition is even more complex if you must lead a group of former peers. By attending this workshop, you will learn how to create effective boundaries, influence others and build your capacity to lead."

The workshop is ideal for those who want practical guidance, whether they are already in their new role or still preparing for a leadership role. Participants will learn the differences between the role of an individual contributor and a front-line supervisor and apply principles for establishing appropriate boundaries. They will also clarify personal values, assess their level of emotional intelligence and make a plan for their own areas for development.

The workshop is one of several training opportunities offered by UW-River Falls Outreach and Continuing Education. Working in collaboration with community and business leaders, the university is expanding the classes and training available for adult learners who do not need college credit.

Register online in advance of the workshop date by visiting the Outreach and Continuing Education website, Organizations sending groups of three or more participants will receive a discount from the $295 registration fee.

UW-River Falls provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at or by calling 715-425-3256 or e-mailing

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