What Will I Learn?

How to make the shift from fellow employee to supervisor/team lead/manager within an organization. Specifically you will learn: 

  • To identify your own perceptual lens and unpack how it affects your leadership
  • Keys to building effective workplace relationships
  • The principles needed to build mutual trust with team members
  • How to gain buy in and create win-win outcomes
  • How to run an efficient meeting
  • How to persuade decision makers to take your side


Shift your mindset as a manager and leader. Designed for someone who has been promoted from within, this course will equip new leaders at the foundational level with the tools to supervise former fellow employees. Making the transition to a supervisory role isn’t always easy. Very few people understand how to effectively shift from working alongside others to acting as their new boss. This course is designed to provide a clear path for new leaders so that they can avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls that often characterize this transition. In this half-day course, we will spend the morning unpacking some of the mindset obstacles that keep new leaders from seamlessly assuming their roles and provide some practical practices that can help. Our afternoon will be spent covering some of the specific skills needed in their new roles that they haven’t necessarily gained through job experience. For example, how to effectively lead a meeting and how to present information to decision makers in a way that is persuasive and effective in bringing about necessary change.

Who Should Attend?

  • Employees who are new to supervisory roles
  • Employees who are new team leaders
  • Employees who are transitioning from a lower level role to one of mid-manager or team lead
  • New supervisors, team leaders, or mid-managers who need support transitioning into their roles
  • Employees who are hoping to transition up and want to insure they have the skills to advance

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Instructor Bio

Julie Underwood

Julie Underwood founded Focus For Leaders to help new to mid-career employees set and achieve personal and professional goals to optimize their leadership trajectory over the course of their careers. As a John Maxwell certified trainer she believes that “leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less.” Julie understands the challenges faced by professionals at various stages of their careers and garners her expert communication skills to enrich others. As a Success Coach and Trainer, Julie wants to help minimize the learning curve for those new to their managerial role. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Julie brings her content to life in ways that will leave you mulling over her message long after class has ended. Come experience effective training at its best. 

When she isn’t working, Julie enjoys hiking in the South Hills and remodeling her 100-year-old adobe home in Patagonia, Arizona. She and her husband of 32-years consider themselves “construction junkies” who always have a project. When the adobe remodel is complete, they hope to split their days between Idaho and Arizona.

J.J. Shawver is a passionate and driven leader with a deep commitment to helping others reach their full potential. He founded Always Developing Leader, LLC with the goal of helping individuals and teams grow and achieve success in their personal and professional lives.

J.J. has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from The University of Idaho, where he was very active and played football for the Vandals. After graduation, he pursued his passions for business development, sales, and leadership in various roles. However, it wasn't until he started Always Developing Leader, LLC that he truly found his calling.

Now, J.J. dedicates 100% of his time to working with individuals and teams, both big and small, to develop their leadership skills and reach their goals. He is a skilled speaker and motivator, and enjoys working one-on-one with clients to provide personalized guidance and support.

J.J. is proud to be a part of the fast-growing Twin Falls community, where he was born and raised on his family's farm. He is involved in various community groups and events, and is dedicated to making a positive impact on those around him. J.J. resides in Eden, Idaho, with his wife Erika and their amazing 3-year-old son. When he's not working, J.J. enjoys spending quality time with his family and exploring the great outdoors.