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Transitioning to Supervisor

This course will help new and experienced managers make the difficult, but critical, transition from individual performer to supervisor.

A supervisor’s skillset is very different than the skills mastered in other farm roles. Your role as supervisor includes two parts: 1) make sure your team succeeds and 2) support individual growth of all team members. Transitioning to Supervisor helps to develop leaders and focuses on skills to improve communication and manage conflict. Learn how to recognize our inherent biases and how to build better working relationships. Gain insight into your leadership style and learn how to effectively lead diverse and multicultural teams.

Transitioning to Supervisor is a six-week online course delivered through Moodle.

Instruction includes a combination of prerecorded lectures, reading assignments, written activities, and a weekly quiz. Every week students have the option to participate in an online session with instructors and classmates to discuss the weekly activities and learning topics. To get the most out of the course, students should plan to spend a minimum of two hours each week on combined course activities. Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development’s supervisory leadership program consists of six courses. For those completing all six courses and achieving 70 percent or better on all weekly quizzes will receive an Agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate.

Learning objectives

  • Making the mental transition to supervisor
  • Common supervisory roadblocks
  • How to improve listening skills
  • Communicating during conflict
  • Written communication tips
  • Managing diverse teams
  • Interrupting bias
  • National culture
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Building work relationships
  • Retaining great employees


Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development leadership courses are appropriate for both new and experienced farm supervisors and managers, as well as those preparing to become supervisors. All participants will learn leadership concepts and practice skills that will improve their ability to build a positive workplace and get results through leading others.

Course details

  • Moodle
  • Six weeks


Richard Stup, Agricultural Workforce Specialist, Horticulture Section Cornell Cooperative Extension

Contact email

Rachel McCarthy, course coordinator, rachel.mccarthy [at] (rachel[dot]mccarthy[at]cornell[dot]edu)