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New Leader Onboarding

The New Leader Onboarding program at UT Southwestern is designed to provide both incoming leaders new to UTSW and existing UTSW employees moving into a leadership role with the knowledge and tools they need to be a point of reference and valuable resource to their employees.

  • Tools and resources new leaders need to be successful
  • A networking community that allows new leaders to ask questions
  • Educational resources for ongoing self-development
  • For leaders who recently joined UTSW in a people-manager role
  • For leaders who recently moved into a people-manager role from a previous role at UTSW
  • Can include supervisors, managers, and directors


To give leaders the tools and resources they need to be successful within the first year of entering into a leadership role.

Curriculum Features

  • Instructor-led sessions
  • In-depth handouts and toolkit
  • Introduction to resources
  • Customized case studies
  • Instructional videos
  • Discussion of relevant work scenarios
  • Pre-session assignments and opportunities for post-session discussions
  • Opportunities for self-reflection and personal development

Program Overview

The New Leader Onboarding program consists of two, four-hour “Touch Points” designed to provide tools and resources for new leaders to be successful in their new role. Course content includes:

  • Navigating to Get Things Done
  • Introduction to the Office of Institutional Equity and Access
  • Inclusive Team Building
  • Bridging Differences as Managers
  • Leadership in Academic Medicine
  • Resources Panel with Benefits, Leave Administration, Compensation, and Payroll
  • Communication Insights for New Leaders
  • Change Management
  • Resource reviews:
    • Performance management
    • Engagement
    • Leadership Development
    • Budget
    • Information Resources
    • Facilities
    • Safety and Business Continuity

Instructor Team

The instructors are UTSW leaders who create an engaging, challenging and motivating learning environment. Participants are encouraged to have discussions with their direct supervisors regarding how the content can assist them in their new leadership role.

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