Leadership is an essential skill for all managers, supervisors, and those transitioning into these roles. When moving from peer to manager, new supervisors face a whole new set of challenges. This interactive workshop will teach practical, easy-to-understand, and fundamental methods to grow your leadership skills and become an effective leader.

Date and Location

Not currently scheduled.

Topics Covered

  • Leadership perspective: Why is leadership important?
  • Understanding your leadership style
  • Managing different personalities
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Transitioning into leadership
  • Communication tools
  • Hiring skilled employees
  • Motivating your staff
  • Conducting a performance review
  • Communicating with customers

Who Should Attend

Individuals interested in becoming a supervisor, newly promoted supervisors, or supervisors wishing to enhance their leadership skills, communication, and effectiveness.

Course Instructors

Chris Petree is the Public Works Director for the City of Rochester, and has worked in the public works profession for over 20 years. He previously served as the Public Works Director for the City of Lakeville from 2008–early 2018 and the City of Hugo from 1999–2008. Prior to 1999, he worked in the Utilities Division at the City of Apple Valley. Chris has a B.A. in business management from the College of St. Scholastica; has completed the Public Works Executive Fellowship, Public Works Leadership Academy, Public Works Certificate Program, and the Underground Utilities Construction Inspectors School; and is an LTAP Roads Scholar. He served as the APWA–MN Chapter president in 2017 and is a member of the NHCC Construction Programs Advisory Board and the DCTC Civil Engineering & Technology Advisory Board.

Steve Albrecht, P.E, has served as the Public Works Director for the City of Burnsville for the past seven years. In this role, he is charged with leadership, budgeting, and planning of the Public Works, Facilities, Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Divisions. Previously, he served as Public Works Director/City Engineer for the City of Prior Lake from 2004–2010. From 1994–2003, Steve worked as a consulting engineering for a variety of municipal clients in Carver, Scott, Dakota and Hennepin Counties. He has a degree in agricultural-water resource engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a licensed civil engineer in Minnesota. In his capacity as Public Works Director for Burnsville, Steve is involved with several committees and policy groups, including APWA–MN, Transportation Advisory Board Technical Advisory Committee, and Metro Cities and League of Minnesota Cities Legislative Committees.



This course is offered by Minnesota LTAP in partnership with the American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter.