Transitioning into Leadership: Essential Skills for Supervisors

Attendees at a leadership workshop

Date and Location

Not currently scheduled.

About the Workshop

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.

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, CSP, serves as director of business operations for Southview Design, a landscape and maintenance contractor in the Twin Cities. In this role, he oversees the company’s snow business, fleet and facilities. Prior to working at Southview Design, Chris served as the director of operations for WSB from 2019–2023 and as the director of public works for the City of Rochester from 2018–2019, the City of Lakeville from 2008–2018, the City of Hugo from 1999–2008. Prior to 1999, he was the head water treatment plant operator for the City of Apple Valley. Chris has a BA in business management from the College of St. Scholastica; has completed the Public Works Executive Fellowship, Public Works Leadership Academy, Public Works Certificate Program, Underground Utilities Construction Inspectors School; and is an LTAP Roads Scholar as well as a Certified Snow Professional (CSP). He served as the APWA–MN Chapter president in 2017 and is currently the Chapter's delegate.

Steve Albrecht, P.E, has served as operations administrator, community engineer, and director of land and natural resources for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community since 2018. In this role, he is charged with leadership, budgeting, and planning of the Public Works, Property Services, and Land and Natural Resources Divisions. Previously, he served as the public works director for the City of Burnsville from 2011–2018. From 2004–2010, he served as public works director/City Engineer for the City of Prior Lake. From 1994–2003, Steve worked as 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.

Accessing the Workshop

The software we will use for this event is Zoom. We recommend that all registrants test their connection prior to the workshop using Zoom’s test meeting. Additionally, if you are new to Zoom, we recommend viewing this Zoom for Students tutorial.   



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